With a heavy heart, Australian music fans woke to the news this morning that Doc Neeson, celebrated singer for The Angels, passed away this morning after a long illness. Doc was diagnosed with a brain tumour in early 2013 and spent the last year-and-a-half battling the disease nobly. His official Facebook page, Doc Neeson – The Voice Of The Angels, posted this announcement a short time ago.
“It is with deep sadness and regret that the family of Angels singer/songwriter Bernard ‘Doc’ Neeson – loving father, family member and friend to so many – announce he has passed away in his sleep at 7.15am, today, 4th June 2014.
“He has battled with a brain tumour for the last 17 months and sadly lost his fight this morning. He will be deeply missed by his family and partner Annie Souter who would all like to thank everyone for their support through this dark time.”
“We love you Dad. You couldn’t have made any of your sons more proud of you if you tried. May your beautiful soul rest in peace sweet angel, fly high.” Dzintra, Daniel, Aidan and Kieran.”
“‘Good Night, Sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest’.” With love forever.” Annie – borrowed from William Shakespeare – Hamlet
Doc’s long-time bandmate, drummer Buzz Bidstrup, posted this on his Facebook page- “It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Bernard “Doc” Neeson today. He left this world early this morning and I join music lovers everywhere in mourning this great man.”
RIP Doc Neeson, one of the world’s great rock’n’roll frontmen.