Herbs singer Carl Perkins given months to live

Carl Perkins performing onstage
Carl Perkins has been given months to live (GiveALittle)

One of the musicians and songwriters behind iconic Kiwi reggae band Herbs has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer, and has only months to live.

Carl Perkins was diagnosed with bowel cancer three days before his 59th birthday in February this year.

According to Perkins' doctors, the cancer has advanced and is non-treatable.

A Givealittle page has been established to raise money for the dying singer, whose family says "will not give up".

"These last few days we as a family have grieved the inevitable as we have shared this devastating news with loved ones," his wife Denise wrote on Givealittle.

"The emotional impact this has had on Carl and his family has been huge, and also places a huge financial burden on future plans. However, with Carl's determination and positive outlook we are seeking alternative treatments, which have proven successful results, but come at a hefty cost."

Herbs are known for their hit song 'Slice of Heaven', a collaboration with Dave Dobbyn. Perkins has most recently been the driving force behind reggae band House of Shem.

The Givealittle campaign has so far raised more than $4000.