Charles, the brother of the legendary EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt, was struck by a taxi while vacationing in Rome.
A fantastic fundraiser has been set up for Charles, allowing fans and friends to come together and support him in his time of need.
Gary wrote in a fundraiser description: “Hey everyone, my name is Gary Holt, thrash guitarist for EXODUS and formerly for SLAYER. My brother on May 6 while on the first day of a solo vacation in Rome, was struck from behind by a taxi, resulting in a broken femur that is in need of surgery. The taxi driver actually put him in the taxi and dropped him off at the hospital.
“We aren’t even sure if we will find out the who and what of all this. He spent three days on a gurney in a hallway awaiting even a real bed, alone. Unable to truly communicate with the staff. My wife has flown out there to be with him, she is having the same issues navigating and communicating, but at least my brother is not alone. I fly out as well on Friday to be there for my brother and to help my wife Lisa who is very nervous being alone herself there.
“The costs have been enormous to the family and to Charles and he hasn’t had the surgery yet, and he cannot fly home until he does. We hope sooner rather than later. I am not wealthy, unlike what the internet says, far from it, I have no more income that any blue collar worker.
“My brother will not be able to work for months, he has had a rough life but turned it around years ago, saves all him money working at a coffee shop and recycling, to go on these trips, to live again. This nightmare get’s worse ,whenever there’s a glimmer of good news, another road block. Please get him home and help him get well.”
If you wish to donate, you can do so at this location.