Maynard James Keenan Confirms His Wife’s Cancer Diagnosis, ‘She Is My All’
Tool frontman and Puscifer founder Maynard James Keenan recently shared his wife Lei Li’s photos to celebrate her birthday on his official Instagram account. He revealed that his wife has been battling cancer for the past months and praised her strength while calling Lei ‘my all.’
As you probably know, Maynard James Keenan and Caduceus lab manager Lei Li got engaged in June 2010, and they tied the knot in 2012 with a humble ceremony, including families and friends. They had a daughter named Lei Li Agostina Maria two years later. The couple has been pursuing a happy, intimate, and private relationship for more than ten years.
Maynard and Lei Li have always supported each other during hard times. Before Keenan’s birthday post, no one knew about his wife’s cancer diagnosis except a few close family members and friends. Keenan wanted to share her battle with cancer and recovery process by highlighting how strong she is while celebrating Lei Li’s birthday.
In his recent post, Maynard James Keenan confirmed that his wife was diagnosed with cancer in late November. However, he stated that she never gave up fighting and described her as his muse and everything. She even cut her hair before she lost it because of chemo. He also shared her recovery process, saying that Lei Li took chemotherapy, underwent surgery, and will start radiation therapy soon.
Keenan’s post read:
“Today is my wife’s Birthday. I’m going to guess that it will be viewed as her favorite. In late November, she felt a lump in her breast. On X-mas eve, she was diagnosed with cancer. She didn’t collapse into a pile of self-pity. She didn’t launch into an entitlement rage. She didn’t act out in any self-destructive manner. Instead, she asked the right questions, listened to her doctors, made a plan, and stuck to it. And when there were things she couldn’t do on her own, she asked for help.
Before the chemo could take her hair, she cut it all off and had our friend Brooke make her a wig to match. And then she went to work. No one was the wiser. She’s successfully navigated both the chemo and the surgery and now begins the radiation. And all without whining or bitching. She is my rock. She is my muse. She is my all. Be like Jen. Happy Birthday, my love. Cheers to this one and many more.”
You can see the photos below.
Photo Credit: Maynard James Keenan – Instagram