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Andrew LLoyd Webber’s son Nicholas in hospice amid ‘ghastly’ cancer battle.

Andrew Lloyd Webber shared his son Nicholas has been moved to hospice care as he continues to battle “ghastly” stomach cancer and pneumonia.

“I want to thank you for the outpouring of messages of support for my son, Nick. He’s now been moved into a hospice and he’s battling away,” the famed composer said in an Instagram video.

“I think he’s over the worst of this first bout of pneumonia that he’s got as a result of his cancer, which is just ghastly,” Webber continued.

“We’re all here and the family here has gathered around, and it was the right place for us all to be I think.”

Webber, 75, concluded his message by saying he was leaving to visit his 43-year-old son and would pass along the well wishes and prayers from his fans and followers.

The “Phantom of the Opera” composer first shared Nicholas’ devastating diagnosis last weekend, telling fans Nicholas was “critically ill” and he’d have to miss the opening night of his new Broadway musical, “Bad Cinderella,” in New York City because of his son’s declining health.

“I therefore have not been able to attend the recent previews of ‘Bad Cinderella’ and as things stand, I will not be able to cheer on its wonderful cast, crew and orchestra on Opening Night this Thursday,” Webber continued.

“We are all praying that Nick will turn the corner. He is bravely fighting with his indomitable humor, but at the moment my place is with him and the family.”

Webber shares Nicholas, who also works as a composer, with ex-wife Sarah Hugill.

Nicholas previously revealed he dropped the “Lloyd bit” of his surname in an attempt to be judged on his own merit.

“I got some stuff on the radio, so I thought, ‘OK, I’m obviously not a complete idiot.’ Then I thought, ‘Hang on, if other people are prepared to work with me without the surname, then maybe I should just get on with it.’”

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by Anonymousreply 28March 26, 2023 5:01 AM

My heart goes out!

by Anonymousreply 1March 24, 2023 3:46 PM

This picture got me:

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by Anonymousreply 2March 24, 2023 3:49 PM

Why would he put him in a hospice if he's got more money than God? ALW can hire an entire medical staff to look after his son at one of his vast country estates. He clearly wants him hidden out of his way.

by Anonymousreply 3March 24, 2023 3:50 PM

Well, if it's ghastly, then it must be bad.

by Anonymousreply 4March 24, 2023 3:59 PM

This is such sad, sad news.

To top it off, ALW's new Broadway musical 'Bad Cinderella' has gotten panned across the board.

Not a good week for the guy who just turned 75.

by Anonymousreply 5March 24, 2023 4:03 PM

It's not up to Andrew to make unilateral decisions about his grown son's healthcare. If Nicholas is in a hospice facility rather than at a family home, that's presumably what he chose for himself. Or maybe he's elsewhere and his father's trying to throw tabloids off the scent.

by Anonymousreply 6March 24, 2023 4:03 PM

Went down a brief rabbit hole on Wikipedia and found out this about Andrew that I hadn't known:

He was made a Conservative life peer in 1997. In October 2015, Lloyd Webber was involved in a contentious House of Lords vote over proposed cuts to tax credits, voting with the Government in favour of the plan. Lloyd Webber was denounced by his critics because he flew in from abroad on his personal plane to vote, when his voting record was scant.


by Anonymousreply 7March 24, 2023 4:25 PM

Webber and Tim Rice are both long-time conservatives.

by Anonymousreply 8March 24, 2023 4:36 PM

That poor little homosexual boy!

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by Anonymousreply 9March 24, 2023 4:53 PM

His son is gay?

by Anonymousreply 10March 25, 2023 12:27 PM

R3, clearly you don’t know what hospice care is or means.

by Anonymousreply 11March 25, 2023 12:51 PM

I think people literally confuse "hospice" and "hostel". Hospice is not a physical location dumbass.

by Anonymousreply 12March 25, 2023 1:04 PM

Hospice is normally a physical location in the UK, one that specialises in end of life care.

by Anonymousreply 13March 25, 2023 1:09 PM

Every time someone posts the full article text so we don't visit a Rupert Murdoch media property, an angel gets its wings

by Anonymousreply 14March 25, 2023 1:24 PM

I'm British and I'd much rather be in a hospice than anywhere else if I were going to die anyway. At least you get the nice drugs and professional care.

In all seriousness though, what causes stomach cancer at an age like that? Genes and/or something to do with the environment?

by Anonymousreply 15March 25, 2023 1:27 PM

Hospice, a primer

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by Anonymousreply 16March 25, 2023 1:32 PM

Nick Webber has been dealing with gastric cancer for almost two years. He was admitted to hospital (rather hospice) due to coming down with pneumonia.

It seems instead of being admitted to hospital a decision was made to choose hospice care instead. This likely points to Mr. Webber's cancer being considered terminal and treatment of pneumonia won't be heroic as otherwise might be otherwise. That is the infection is being treated but as often case with mortal illnesses it is something else that finally carries one off.

by Anonymousreply 17March 25, 2023 1:42 PM

R12–You are wrong. Hospice is an umbrella term for end-of-life, palliative care.

There are physical hospice facilities where a dying patient can get the comfort care needed.

But, hospice can also take place at home, or in a regular hospital.

In simple terms it means that you are going to die, and you will no longer receive treatment (chemo, for example)…only pain medication.

by Anonymousreply 18March 25, 2023 1:49 PM

Not an ALW fan, but this must be fucking horrific for the whole family, most certainly the poor fucking son waiting for the Grim Reaper. to cruise on by. I hope he is loaded with drugs to the gills.

Probably the wrong time to mention this, but I fucking LOVE the term "ghastly".

by Anonymousreply 19March 25, 2023 2:05 PM

But if his son is in hospice care (wherever that’s happening), why does ALW talk about his son “bravely fighting” and “battling away”?

I’m pretty sure that being in hospice is meant to be the antithesis of battling and struggling; if you are a candidate for hospice then it’s time to stop fighting and, with proper support and effective medication, live out your remaining days in as much peace and comfort as possible.

On a more general note, why are we expected to be so brave and valiant when we’re ill. If I’m sick, isn’t it ok for me to be just miserable and crabby and pessimistic? I hate how sick people are always made out to be heroic. Is that unique to Americans?

by Anonymousreply 20March 25, 2023 2:13 PM

I worked in a Hospice Center for about a year (not as a healthcare worker, as an admin assistant). You have to have a certain personality to work in such an atmosphere, otherwise you won't last long (I left after a year when our place merged with another in the state, and they laid off most of the admin workers in our location).

Hospice is a place where you don't go to 'be cured' or 'get well' - it's palative care, which means it is only 'comfort' for what doctors see as 'end of life'. Where I worked, patients were kept a total of 10 days max. If they didn't pass away, they were sent back home (and could continue receiving hospice care with home-healthcare workers) or back to the hospital. They could go back and forth as such for as long as they wanted / needed. (One elderly woman with cancer was on Hospice for just over 10 years before she died). So for this young man, death can be right around the corner - or years away. The bottom line is he doesn't want to go for treatment any longer.

by Anonymousreply 21March 25, 2023 7:13 PM

He died

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by Anonymousreply 22March 25, 2023 7:41 PM

ALW has more money than God thanks to Cats.

by Anonymousreply 23March 25, 2023 7:43 PM

Well all the money in the world isn’t going to bring his son back

by Anonymousreply 24March 25, 2023 7:44 PM

That was fast.

by Anonymousreply 25March 25, 2023 10:11 PM

I'm surprised Jimmy Carter is still hanging on after entering hospice care a month ago.

by Anonymousreply 26March 26, 2023 2:19 AM

R17 cracked it then.

Nick Webber's pneumonia infection is what caused his demise, not gastric cancer per se.

Once you're weakened with one terminal illness or disease it isn't uncommon for comorbidities to pop up.

If Nick Webber had been an otherwise healthy man or his cancer perhaps not so advanced the pneumonia infection would perhaps had more heroic treatment in hospital. Doctors, NW and his family knew or strongly felt that (if can put it this way) this lung infection probably would hasten something already happening, process of death.

Note previous announcements stated NW had been battling pneumonia before being admitted to hospice. This tells one wherever NW was previously (at home or wherever) level of care required to make him comfortable and cope with infection couldn't be done there, so he was moved to hospice.

Finally pneumonia is a common infection of those either already ill with certain diseases and or some way weakened. One reason nursing staff will get patients up and out of bed soon as possible after surgery is to ward off pneumonia. This and even "bed ridden" patients if at all possible if cannot get up and go for short walks at least sat up in a chair or something.

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by Anonymousreply 27March 26, 2023 4:13 AM

So sad. No parent should ever have to bury their own child.


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