Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has reached out to his fans from a hospital bed over the weekend, explaining his recent epiphany that he is done with his party days.The light bulb moment happened too late, however, with Whibley detailing how close he was to dying from alcohol poisoning.
In a statement title “Rock Bottom” posted to his official site, Whibley explained that, in line with his hard partying and heavy drinking lifestyle, he poured himself a drink on one ill-fated eve which immediately fucked with his system.
Collapsing before falling unconscious, Whibley was rushed to the hospital with his fiancé by his side where he was sedated for a full week. As he puts it, the whole ordeal “scared me straight”, indicating that this is the dawn of a new Whibley, and dare we say a new Sum 41.
But hey, we’d drink ourselves into an early grave too if our ex-wife released the worst music video of all time.
You can read Whibley’s official statement, and scope some hectic pics below.
Photos: Sum 41 – Soundwave 2013, Sydney
Deryck Whibley’s full statement
“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.”