The toll that alcohol abuse took on Deryck Whibley appears to be on full display.
The 34-year-old Sum 41 frontman was spotted out Monday looking very frail, several days after revealing that he recently suffered organ failure and almost died due to too much drinking.
Whibley was in Los Angeles walking hand in hand with his fiancée, Jocelyn Aguilar, and a brunette mystery woman. He was dressed in his usual style—black pants, a Paul Frank T-shirt, a hoodie and sneakers, his platinum-blond hair tucked under a driver's cap—but his face looked shockingly gaunt.
Or maybe not so shockingly, after reading Whibley's recollection of his health scare.
He revealed May 16 that he'd been M.I.A. from his usual scene for so long because he had actually been hospitalized for a month after his kidney and liver shut down.
"the reason i got so sick is from all the hard boozing i've been doing over the years," Whibley wrote. "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."
It was Aguilar who rushed him to the hospital, where he was put into the ICU.
"i was stuck with needles and i.v.'s all over," the Does This Look Infected? artist continued, also posting a photo of himself in his hospital bed. "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."
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While the outpouring of support from fans was expected, Whibley also got a call from ex-wife Avril Lavigne, who tweeted May 17, "Spoke to @Sum41 Deryck today. I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be. #StayStrongDeryck."
She and Whibley split up in 2009 after three years of marriage and were divorced the following year.
Lavigne is now married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. Whibley legally dropped her last name—he was known as Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley for a while—back in November.