Sum 41 Frontman Deryck Whibley Begins Road to Recovery
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has been quiet over the past couple years. He broke his silence over the weekend, when he announced that his excessive drinking has led to a hospital stay to treat his chronic alcoholism over the past month.
He wrote about his tragic situation in a blog post titled 'Rock Bottom' on his website, where he also posted some photos from his hospital stay.
Here's what Whibley had to say:
"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."
TMZ has also posted a new photo of a shockingly thin-looking Whibley going for a walk in Los Angeles. At least he's out of bed and on his feet.
The energetic pop-punk singer -- who led the Ontario-based Sum 41 to a No. 1 modern rock song in 2001 with 'Fat Lip' -- was once married to fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. He also dated Paris Hilton.
As each founding member of Sum 41 left the band over the years, it became clear that were some deeper issues going on with both the group and its leader. In 2007, Lavigne said that she had helped Whibley get off drugs. Last summer, he appeared bloated and looked nothing like his former self at a Tom Petty concert.
Sum 41 planned to release their sixth album, and first since 2011, later this year, but it's unclear if Whibley's condition will delay the record. We wish him all the best during his recovery.
Here's Whibley during happier times: