Jody Abbott, original drummer of Alt-Rockers Fuel, has died

Jody Abbott, the original drummer in alt-rockers Fueldied July 20 following living with Huntington’s disease for several years. His death was announced by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) on Friday (July 29).

Abbott co-founded Fuel in 1989 in the clothing’s native Pennsylvania. He played drums on the group’s first four EP releases — Little joy (1994), Fuel (1994), Porcelain (1996) and Hazleton (1998). Small the Joy was Fuel’s original band name. Abbott and Fuel split in 1998 before the band hit it big with their debut album, Sunburn. That effort features the alternative rock radio hit “Shimmer.”

Near the bottom of this page, you can read a statement from the HDSA, followed by a video of the former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions discusses Huntington’s disease.

Pictured above with Jody is his widow, Amy Abbott. Amy is an advocate for those affected by Huntington’s disease. “Be involved in your community,” she said. “Seek out a support group. Volunteer at a fundraiser. There is so much knowledge out there and it’s important to talk to people who have been through this.”

Amy added, “They can be compassionate, understanding and offer support in times of need. I learn something new every time I attend an HD event, visit Jody’s neurologist, or attend a support group meeting.”

Huntington’s disease is a mainly inherited progressive brain disorder that can affect movement, mood and thinking skills. The famous songwriter Woody Guthrie died of complications from the disorder in 1967, before medicine knew of the genetic link.

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The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is saddened to announce that Jody Abbott, former drummer for the bands Fuel and Breaking Point, died on July 20 after a long battle with Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain, which is described like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease all at once. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at risk of inheriting the disease.

Former Fuel singer Brett Scallions talks about Huntington’s disease

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