Sum 41's Deryck Whibley Says Iggy Pop Is Supporting His Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

"He's been through it all," says Whibley of his friend.

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Sum 41's Deryck Whibley has said that Iggy Pop is helping him as he recovers from an alcohol related incident that left him in a coma for a week.

Whibley was admitted to hospital earlier this year after his liver and kidneys collapsed as a result of years of heavy drinking. The singer is now out of hospital and recovering at home with the help of a number of close musical friends.

Speaking to Kerrang! (via NME), Whibley says: "Now I'm sober, I don't get calls from certain people that I used to... The drinking friends. Now I'm the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party? Y'know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he's been through it all. We've been friends for years."

"Same for Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. He told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand. Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum from Guns N' Roses have been great too. We go out for coffee and talk about sh-t."

Earlier this year Whibley said that if he has one drink, he will die. "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," he wrote in a letter to 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. I was drinking hard every day," he wrote, explaining that his fiancee rushed him to hospital after his collapse and he was put in an intensive care unit.

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    Is it really necessary to keep using that picture? The dude's back down to being nothing but skin and bones, and it's not like succeeding at recovering from alcoholism is something worth making fun of.
    Good luck to him, it's nice to hear that other artists are supporting him
    Absolutely. Support from others is key, and it's especially helpful to receive support from those who have been through similar. Alcoholism isn't something that's related to fame or money, but I'd imagine it's quite a different experience going through it when you're in the limelight.
    Yeah, good to know he isn't alone during this troubling period, especially since some of his friends don't seem to be that supportive of what just happened. Get better soon Whibley.
    I'm glad he is doing fine. Sum 41 got downfall after the release of Chuck, and they haven't put any good material since then. Anyway i hope he's got a fully recover soon and put out some music near in the future. Keep it good Deryck!
    Really? I thought "Screaming Bloody Murder" was their best. Very unique sound. But opinions I guess
    Eh... It was a let down of an album. It had some catchy riffs and the lyrics were pretty good but I thought the instrumentals were kinda boring. I think since their first guitarist left, they've lacked energy in that area. It sounded to me like this album was a mix with UH and Chuck but like a watered down Chuck.
    Yes. Since Brownsound left Sum 41 lost the energy of the first four albums, and now that Stevo is gone too... who knows.
    Yeah gosh I mean Stevo kills it at the drums. It's going to be tough for them. But I hope they keep at it.
    Well, to be honest i lost my faith in Sum 41 after the realese of Underclass Hero it was very generic album and the lack of Brownsound ( the guitarist who left after Chuck) was too noticeable. And when SBM came out i heard Blood In My Eyes and i reaaly didnt liked so i didnt really gave a chance to the whole album. And since Stevo has left too i dont know what to expect. But i hope the best for Deryck and the other Sum guys.