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The frontman almost died because of his alcohol addiction

Sum 41‘s Deryck Whibley has thanked fans for their support following his recent hospitalisation and shared a photo of himself looking worryingly thin (above).

The frontman fell unconscious due to his heavy drinking, causing his liver and kidneys to collapse. Writing at, he thanked fans for their “gifts” and “compassion”. He wrote: “Hey everyone, I just wanted to thank you all so much for sending gifts and all of the compassion and support you have shown me. It really means a lot to me in this time of recovery. I will be better soon and back out on stage before you know it.”

Earlier this month 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. “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. “I finally realized I can’t drink anymore,” he wrote. “If I have one drink the doc’s say I will die. I’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly.”

He said that the incident has inspired him to write new music. “Anyway I have my passion and inspiration back for writing music,” added the former husband of Avril Lavigne. “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.” Lavigne tweeted a message of support for her ex earlier this month.