- Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley was treated for liver and kidney problems after collapsing at home
- Ex-husband of Avril Lavigne blames years of hard-drinking for health scare
The frontman of the rock band Sum 41 has warned his young fans of the dangers of drinking, after his liver and kidney collapsed.
Deryck Whibley, the Canadian rockstar who used to be married to Avril Lavigne, spent more than a month in hospital after collapsing at home.
Doctors have told the 34-year-old his organs are so damaged that if he has just one more drink he could die.
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Life-changing: Deryck Whibley posted this image of him in his hospital bed, where he was treated for liver and kidney problems last month
Pain for pleasure: Whibley, the ex-husband of singer Avril Lavigne, says he fell sick after too many years of hard drinking
In an emotional post on his website Friday, the Grammy-nominated musician revealed he had been seriously ill in hospital, and had spent a week unconscious and attached to an IV drip.
‘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,’ the musician wrote in a post.
His fiancée rushed him to hospital, where he was later told that his kidneys and liver had collapsed, Rolling Stone reported.
‘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,’ he said.
Wake up call: The rock star posted pictures of him hooked up to wires and an IV drip as he warned his fans of the dangers of drinking
Emergency: Whibley was unconscious in hospital for a week after collapsing at home
The singer added: ‘I’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. I didn’t, and look where that got me.’
He said: ‘I was stuck with needles and IVs all over. i was completely sedated the first week. When I finally woke up … I had no idea where I was. My mum and step dad were standing over me. I was so freaked out.’
Whibley has a clear cut approach to his recent health scare, telling fans: ‘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.’
While the self-confessed hard drinker can no longer have any alcohol, Whibley has said being forced to quit drinking has renewed his creativity.
Inspired: Since being forced to give up alcohol, Sum 41’s Whibley says he has been writing more songs
‘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,’ he wrote.
His band Sum 41, last released an album in 2011 – the same year he and Lavigne divorced after four years of marriage.
The tour to accompany the album was later canceled because of a back injury that Whibley was suffering from.