Al­bum while bat­tling cancer

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years had 25 times the ac­cept­able level of cyanide in his blood.

De­spite the he­do­nism of the New Zealand mu­sic scene in the 1980s, Suther­land says the medic­i­nal mar­i­juana is the first time he has ever taken any drug.

‘‘I’ve never smoked or taken any drugs in my life. As a young man, I was made fun of be­cause I didn’t get in­volved in drugs.’’

Suther­land is plan­ning to sell his home in Pa­pakura, South Auck­land, and use some of the pro­ceeds to buy al­ter­na­tive medicines that are re­stricted in New Zealand.

He wants to record an al­bum with the time he has left, of songs he’s been work­ing on for more then a decade ded­i­cated to his four chil­dren, and his late par­ents, as well as re-record­ing

Satel­lite Spies’ best-known song Des­tiny In Mo­tion, which charted in 1984.

Suther­land says staff at Auck­land Hospi­tal were struck by his pos­i­tive out­look.

‘‘The doc­tor said to me ‘you’re the hap­pi­est guy that I’ve seen with cancer’. I just don’t be­lieve in spread­ing neg­a­tiv­ity.’’

‘‘You’ve just got to roll with the cards you’ve been dealt. I’m not bit­ter or an­gry.

‘‘They might say you’ve only got a year to live, or 10 years. If I was go­ing to pass away I don’t think I’d change.’’

Satel­lite Spies was formed in 1984 by Suther­land and Mark Loveys, and had a top twenty hit the fol­low­ing year with Des­tiny In Mo­tion.

Suther­land also reached No 9 on the charts in 1994 with It Must Be Love.

Deane Suther­land had hits with Satel­lite Spies.

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