July 19, 2001
To Our Friends: We would like you all to know that James Hetfield has entered a rehabilitation facility to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions. James has entered an undisclosed facility, and he will continue to receive treatment until further notice. Until then, we have postponed all current activities, including recording sessions for our new album, as well as the July 29th launch party for Metallica.com.
We have always thought of you all as family, and wanted you to know before this information gets out through other sources. James is working hard toward recovery, and needless to say he has our full support. We trust that you will appreciate the sensitive nature of this matter, and respect our wishes to give James the time and privacy he needs to deal with his problems.
Until then, thank you in advance for keeping James in your thoughts and prayers, and we look forward to continuing to share music with you in the future.