Cancer-stricken comedian Ron Shock, who, for more than three months, has been chronicling his battle with and treatment of the disease through a series of videos, announced today that he has between seven and nine months to live. “No easy way to post this, so here goes,” Shock wrote on his Facebook page. “According to the doctors, I have somewhere between 7 and 9 months to live. The tumor has spread and I am in severe pain and will soon be in a hospice.”
Shock was diagnosed with urethral cancer on Dec. 14, 2011. “It’s a rare and very aggressive form of cancer that…does not respond well to conventional treatments,” Shock said at the time in one of his videos in a series he’s dubbed The Cancer Chronicles.
Although unknown to mainstream audiences, the Houston-born, Las Vegas-based comedian is a well-respected name among hardcore comedy fans– and especially his fellow comedians. Shock, 69, was part of the Texas Outlaw Comics in the early 1980s; the group included Steve Epstein and Bill Hicks. He started comedy late in life, in his late 30s, referring to his act as “comedy from a life fully lived.” He became known as a skilled storyteller. He was booked on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson at the age of 40, just the beginning of a successful career on the road.
His most recent Cancer Chronicles video was shot on the night of March 29, after Shock checked out a show at Brad Garrett’s new comedy club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hours before the show, he received a package from Ray Romano telling him that if anyone could beat Cancer, it was Ron. You can watch that video below, as well as the one from later that night.