Sadly, the news of 90’s band Sum 41’s frontman (and Avril Lavignes’s ex-husband), Deryck Whibley’s health issues are not terribly surprising. The Canadian rocker has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, and apparently now some of his organs are shutting down. After a long stay in intensive care, Deryck took to his own website to inform fans of his dire situation:
hey everyone, it’s deryck here. sorry i’ve been so m.i.a. lately, but i’ve been very sick in the hospital for a month and was pretty sick for a few weeks leading up to my trip to the hospital. the reason i got so sick is from all the hard boozing i’ve been doing over the years. it finally caught up to me. i was drinking hard every day. until one night. i was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around mid night and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden i didn’t feel so good. i then collapsed to the ground unconscious. my fiancé got me rushed to the hospital where they put me into the intensive care unit. i was stuck with needles and i.v.’s all over. i was completely sedated the FIRST WEEK. when i finally woke up the next day i had no idea where i was. my mum and step dad were standing over me. i was so freaked out. my liver and kidney’s collapsed on me. needless to say it scared me straight. i finally realized i can’t drink anymore. if i have one drink the doc’s say i will die. i’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. i didn’t, and look where that got me. (i never thought i would ever say that! haha) anyway i have my passion and inspiration back for writing music. i already have a few song ideas for new songs. soon it will be time to start making an album and getting back to touring again. see you all sometime! there will be more posts again so say up to date friends.
Deryck is 34 years old. And let me mention again what he said up there: “If I have one drink the docs say I will die”. I wonder if he will actually heed his doctors’ advice and not take that one drink. Or one snort or puff? It’s up to Deryck, isn’t it?
We’re certainly sending good thoughts your way, Deryck. One more thing? You might want to change the name of your diary entries. Red Wine Chronicles sounds a bit triggery-y, if you will.