Sum 41′s Deryck Whibley: Hard drinking nearly killed me


Deryck Whibley, frontman of the band Sum 41, has posted pictures online of himself in hospital after collapsing after years of “hard boozing”.

“My liver and kidneys collapsed on me. Needless to say it scared me straight,” he wrote on his official website.

“I finally realised I can’t drink any more. If I have one drink the docs say I will die.”

The singer said he has spent more than a month in hospital and has also been in intensive care.

“I was stuck with needles and IVs all over. I was completely sedated the first week,” he said.

He described how “drinking hard every day” had caused him to collapse.

“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,” he explained.

“I then collapsed to the ground unconscious. My fiancee got me rushed to the hospital.”

He advised fans to learn from his mistakes and be more careful about the amount of alcohol they consume.

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

The 34-year-old, who has had hits with Sum 41 including Fat Lip, In Too Deep and Still Waiting, said he has started to find “inspiration” for new music.

Deryck Whibley

“I already have a few song ideas for new songs,” he said. “Soon it will be time to start making an album and getting back to touring again.”

Whibley was married to Avril Lavigne for three years but the couple split up in 2009.

“I am grateful for our time together and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship,” she said at the time.

The Canadian rock band is made up of Deryck Whibley, bassist Jason McCaslin and guitarist Tom Thacker.

Drummer Steve Jocz left the group last April.

Since forming in 1996 Sum 41 have released five studio albums with their last record, Screaming Bloody Murder, released in 2011.

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