Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley has penned an open letter on his website in which he details the extent of his alcoholism, saying that it has led to the collapse of his liver and kidneys and that even one more drink could kill him.
Whibley, who saw huge success in 2001 with Sum 41's debut album 'All Killer No Filler' which spawned the hit singles 'Fat Lip' and 'In Too Deep', wrote a blog post on his website deryckwhibley.net titled 'Rock Bottom' that he was "sitting at home, [and] poured myself another drink around midnight 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."
"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", he continued. "If I have one more drink the docs say I will die."
He concluded his blog post saying that he has a renewed vigour for music and has already begun crafting songs in his head for the next Sum 41 record. "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 stay up to date friends", he wrote.
The full text of his post is as follows:
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.