PRIMUS Drummer TIM ALEXANDER Suffers Second Heart Attack

PRIMUS Drummer TIM ALEXANDER Suffers Second Heart Attack

PRIMUS drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander has suffered a second heart attack, two years after undergoing a successful bypass procedure to remove blockage from arteries near his heart.

Tim wrote on his Instagram account: "I had a second heart attack the other day. I did not think this could happen after having a triple bypass almost exactly two years ago. I was overwhelmed with sadness, not because of the fact that I could die but that I would have to say goodbye to my family."

He continued: "It can happen at any moment, and remember IT WILL HAPPEN ONE DAY so tell the people in your life you love them. Enjoy the days you have with them; they are limited. We are all here for a short time."

Alexander, 51, originally left PRIMUS in 1996 and played sporadically with the band in the early 2000s in addition to being involved with various other groups, including LAUNDRY, A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER and a solo project. Before he rejoined PRIMUS in 2013, he played on several of the band's albums, including 1991's "Sailing The Seas Of Cheese" and 1993's "Pork Soda".

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Alexander was the first drummer of A PERFECT CIRCLE, performing early live shows with the band, and recording drums for the track "The Hollow" on the band's debut album, "Mer De Noms". He is listed as a member in the band's DVD/CD release "aMOTION".

Back in 2014, PRIMUS frontman Les Claypool told RollingStone.com about Alexander: "When Tim 'Herb the Ginseng Drummer' Alexander had a minor heart attack a few weeks back, we were all startled. When he went in for an angioplasty the next morning and they said he needed a triple bypass, we were all shocked. Tim is the 'Ginseng drummer' for a reason: He was always the non-meat eating, teetotaling, mastodon of a man who could throw a football over a mountain, chuck a curve ball at 89 miles per hour and could play his drums for hours on end without breaking a sweat, but unfortunately genetics and a taste for dessert have a way of catching up and kicking one's balls."

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