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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.