This bums me out hard. He is one of the greatest punk bassists ever and all around amazing bassist in any right. I hope he makes a full recovery. Wow. http://www.punknews.org/article/25207 http://www.myspace.com/karlalvarezbenefit 43-year old bassist Karl Alvarez, known for his work with pioneering punk bands Descendents and ALL, suffered a minor heart attack on Saturday August 11. After a three-day hospitalization Alvarez is now at home steadily recovering, but faces mounting medical bills. To help defray the medical costs, his friends have established a MySpace benefit site to take donations and serve as a forum for organizing benefit concerts. At the site, fans can donate directly to Alvarezs PayPal account, extend well wishes and coordinate shows. A couple of gigs are already in the works in the Fort Collins and Denver area, and will possibly include performances from Karls newest band Underminer. Joining the Descendents in the mid-1980s, Alvarez would also go on to play with the band ALL that developed when the Descendents lead singer Milo Aukerman had to take a leave of absence. Recently Alvarez appeared on the self-titled comeback album from The Lemonheads, and plans to tour with them this December. He also toured last year with the gypsy folk outfit Gogol Bordello.