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Roger Daltrey Details Dark Hours of Meningitis Battle

By Alisha Jackson

In a new interview, Roger Daltrey of the Who admits that he would have welcomed death during his battle with meningitis. Thankfully, he didn’t have to.

“I’m not bulls—— you; the meningitis last year took quite a heavy toll on me physically,” Daltrey tells Rolling Stone. “My legs aren’t good. My feet aren’t good. But I think being able to manage it with the adrenaline of the show, that’s all the matters. It’s two hours of losing myself and forgetting about my feet.”

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Despite coming dangerously close to death, Daltrey looks back on his illness in a positive light. “When I look back at it I’m so lucky to be here,” he says. “I got a peace of mind out of it that I’ve never had before. That’s kind of nice.”

“When you get a shave as close as that from the reaper, you go … It’s weird. I was totally peaceful,” he reflects. “If death would have come, I would have welcomed it. It was weird. I was in such agony. But then it all went, and I felt this very peaceful space.”

Read the full story now 100.7 WZLX.


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