If that does not make you wanne cry the Shawn Lane story probably will..
Lane had psoriasis
throughout his life. After age twelve, he also suffered from psoriatic arthritis
, which caused stiffness in his joints and after 2000 was affecting his ability to play guitar (Lane stated that with proper rest he could still play live gigs, etc.).
Lane had treated his psoriasis with hydrocortisone
for many years, which caused his weight to increase, further loading his joints. The required usage of cortisone over time resulted in him having Cushings syndrome
. Consequently he backed off taking cortisone, but then the psoriasis would flare up, and he would need prescription pain killers to deal with the unremitting pain.
The symptoms of his condition and the side effects of the medications created a vicious circle. Complicating matters, for many years Lane did not have medical insurance coverage.
In 2003 he started having difficulty breathing and was told that he would have to remain on medical oxygen
for the rest of his life.
Lane died in a hospital in Memphis on September 26, 2003 of lung-related illnesses.
Dispite all that Shawn Lane is considered to be one of the electric guitar greats..