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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Hints that He Helped Heal Cancer-Stricken Fan

Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine recently hinted that the helped prolong the life of a fan who was suffering with cancer -- by grabbing him by the throat and praying for him.

Mustaine, who recently told Spin about his 10 most prized possessions, included a special certificate at No. 5 on the list:

"I met a fan in Kentucky who had throat cancer. He was only supposed to live a few weeks. ... I reached out, grabbed his throat and started praying for the dude. He lives long enough to give me [a certificate] on our next tour.

"[The certificate] is signed by the governor and says I'm an honorary Kentucky Colonel. As far as I know, it's the real deal."

Megadeth released their 13th studio album, Th1rt3en, on October 31.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.