RollingStone.com reported Friday that South Florida's favorite homegrown freak, Marilyn Manson, contracted swine flu. According to the article, Manson made the announcement via his Facebook page, saying, "So I have officially been diagnosed, by a real doctor, with THE SWINE FLU. I know everyone will suggest that fucking a pig is how this disease was obtained. However, the doctor said my past choices in women have in no way contributed to me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to survive."
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However, that status update was no longer visible Sunday, and the only status pertaining to his health now says "MARILYN MANSON has a clean bill of health and has fully recovered." So, fortunately for his fans, his tour rages on. He'll be in Australia next week, then off to Japan, Sweden, Russia, and on and on through Europe until almost Christmas, when he'll surely have sex with a Christmas tree just to see what it's like to feel pain again. Oh, the holidays.
Manson was part of the Mayhem Fest that made its way through these parts back in August. Read New Times' Music Editor Arielle Castillo's review of the show here.