Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley Hospitalized From Years of ‘Hard Boozing’

By Shawn Dwyer 05/20/14

The pop rock frontman was near death before being rushed to the hospital and emerged a month later looking like a shell of his former self.

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Sum 41 lead singer and rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley revealed on his website that he was admitted to the hospital in April following a collapse in his home due to years of what he described as “hard boozing.”

Whibley, 34, was found by his fiancée who rushed him to the hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit and spent the next few weeks hooked up to IVs. He stated that his “liver and kidneys collapsed” on him and was warned by doctors that if he had one more drink, “I will die.”

"The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years," he wrote on his site. "It finally caught up to me…I’m not preaching or anything, but just always drink responsibly. I didn’t, and look where that got me.”

Whibley emerged for the first time in public in Los Angeles looking frail as he walked down the street while held up by his fiancée, Jocelyn Aguilar, and another woman. It was the first time he was seen after posting his admission on his site.

"Needless to say it scared me straight. I finally realized I can't drink anymore,” he said.

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