Rep For Ex-Guns N' Roses Drummer Steven Adler Clarifies Self-Injury Reports

By Paul Gaita 07/03/19

Reports surfaced on June 28th that the ex-GnR drummer had been hospitalized for self-injury. 

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Steven Adler, former drummer of Guns N' Roses, was hospitalized with what was initially described as a self-stabbing incident, which his management later clarified as an accident.

The 54-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer—whose substance abuses issues were addressed in two seasons of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew—was transported on Thursday (June 27) from his home in Los Angeles to an area hospital with what was described as a stab wound to the stomach.

It Was An Accident

The injury was described in several media reports as a suicide attempt, but Adler's representatives told TMZ on June 28 that it was an accident.

Law enforcement officials arrived at Adler's home in Studio City, California shortly after 6:30 p.m. on June 27 in response to a 911 call regarding a stabbing. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officer Jeff Lee told People magazine, "Upon arrival, LAPD officers determined that there was no crime and the incident was being treated as a medical emergency only. The subject was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury."

Though initial media coverage treated the incident as a suspected suicide attempt, Adler's representatives told TMZ that Adler had accidentally injured himself, which resulted in a "very minor, superficial wound."

TMZ also reported that Adler was still planning to perform at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on July 12, which he had promoted via Instagram on the same day as the incident.

Adler's representatives also confirmed that the drummer was sober, echoing recent statements by Adler himself, who told Blabbermouth in 2018 that he had abstained from alcohol for four years and from heroin and cocaine since 2008. "I've never been happier," he said in the interview.

Adler's substance abuse issues led to his dismissal from Guns N' Roses in 1990, as well as his 2008 appearance on the second season of Celebrity Rehab. He later appeared on the first season of a spin-off series, Sober House, and returned to Celebrity Rehab for its fifth season in 2011 before his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the original Guns lineup the following year.

Back On The Road

Since then, Adler has performed with the band at several stops on its Not in This Lifetime… tour, as well as with his own group, Adler's Appetite.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.