Sum 41 Singer Admits Alcoholism Nearly Killed Him

by McCarton Ackerman on 20 May 2014 in Alcoholism | updated on 20 February 2015

Deryck Whibley, best known as the lead singer for rock band Sum 41, made headlines yesterday for a series of disturbing photos of himself in a Los Angeles hospital, as well as a blog post from last weekend admitting that he nearly died from his alcoholism.

After binge drinking for several years straight, his body finally gave out and he collapsed during a quiet evening at home.In the blog titled “Rock Bottom,” the 34-year-old acknowledged he had been “in the hospital for a month and was pretty sick for a few weeks leading up to my trip in the hospital.” After binge drinking for several years straight, his body finally gave out and he collapsed during a quiet evening at home. He was rushed to the intensive care unit and was sedated for a full week, where doctors determined that both his liver and kidneys had “collapsed” on him.

The photos Whibley released show him hooked up to IV’s in a hospital bed, while his legs also show visible bruising. He acknowledged in the blog post that “years of hard boozing…finally caught up to me.” But after receiving medical care for several weeks, he was released from the hospital yesterday.

TMZ released this photo of a frail Whibley being helped around by fiancé Jocelyn Aguilar and another woman during a walk in L.A., but the singer said he is determined to get his health and life back on track. “It scared me straight. I finally realized I can’t drink anymore. If i have one drink the doc’s say I will die,” he wrote. “I’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. I didn’t, and look where that got me.” The singer also said he is beginning to get ideas for new music and is already planning for a new album and tour.

“I’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. I didn’t, and look where that got me.”-Deryck Whibley

Whibley was married to fellow Canadian singer Avril Lavigne from 2006 to 2009 and she declared at the time that his sobriety was essential to their relationship.

“I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to him. He doesn’t do drugs,” she said in 2007. “Clearly, he used to, because he talked about it, but I wouldn’t be with someone who did, and I made that very clear to him when we first started dating.”

But after their divorce, Whibley began to struggle physically with ailments including a herniated disc in his back. All the founding members of Sum 41 departed the band in recent years. A new Sum 41 album was expected to be released later this year, but it’s unclear if Whibley will be in a condition to promote the album properly.


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