Guitarist Ronnie Wood admits he came to close to death around the time friend Keith Moon overdosed in 1978...

THE ROLLING STONES‘ RONNIE WOOD has admitted that he should have died around the time close friend and THE WHO‘s drummer KEITH MOON overdosed in 1978.

The guitarist made the confession after he was told by his doctors that he must kick his 30-a-day cigarette habit or face the chances of catching the respiratory disease emphysema.

Wood said: “I should have died around when Keith Moon did in 1978. Yeah, because me and Keith, we were hitting it really hard.”

He told The Sunday Mirror: “I used to say to Keith: ‘You’re meant to take one of those tablets, not the whole bottle’.

“Keith would take literally a whole bottle of Valium. So it didn’t surprise me when he died, when he OD’d.”

Following the news from his doctors, the 56-year-old guitarist said: “The doctors said that if I give up smoking now I can nip it in the bud — I still have powerful lungs. But they say if I smoke for another year, I could get emphysema and — boom — my lungs could collapse.”