If you were a teenager in the early 2000’s around the time of the first “Spider-Man” or the “American Pie” movie franchises, you likely remember the band Sum 41, famous for songs like “In Too Deep” and “Fat Lip.” But much has changed since the Canadian band reached rockstar status, including the health of its front man.
Deryck Whibley, lead vocalist for Sum 41, was photographed in Los Angeles on Monday looking frail and weak after nearly dying from alcoholism. The photo shows 34-year-old with fiancée Jocelyn Aguilar and another woman, being held up as he walks down the street.
Deryck Whibley out of the hospital, but looking rough! pic.twitter.com/eeE7gb7ns2
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The shocking photo emerged three days after the rocker posted about his struggled with alcoholism, which nearly took his life, on his blog. According to the post entitled “Rock Bottom,” Whibley, who was once married to pop star Avril Lavigne, spent a week in the hospital being treated for alcohol addiction and attached to an IV drip.
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"I was drinking hard every day. Until one night. I was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around midnight and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden I didn’t feel so good," Whibley wrote. “I then collapsed to the ground unconscious.”
At the hospital, Whibley was told his kidneys and liver had collapsed after years of heavy drinking.
"I was stuck with needles and i.v.’s all over,” he wrote. “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 stepdad were standing over me. I was so freaked out. My liver and kidney’s collapsed on me.”
After hearing of Whibley’s hospitalization, ex-wife Lavigne, who is now married to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, posted on Twitter: “Spoke to @Sum41 Deryck today. I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be. #StayStrongDeryck.”
— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) May 17, 2014
Whibley, now on the path to recovery, said:
“Needless to say it scared me straight. I finally realized I can’t drink anymore. If I have one drink the docs 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)"
Sum 41’s last album, “Screaming Bloody Murder,” was in 2011 shortly after Whibley’s divorce from Lavigne. But despite being hospitalized and away from music for three years, Whibley plans to keep making music.
"I already have a few song ideas for new songs," he wrote. "Soon it will be time to start making an album and getting back to touring again."