Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody says he died for three minutes after trying to quit drinking on his own, from a cold turkey.
Moody says he was “dead for about three and a half minutes” after trying to quit the sauce without the proper medication and precautionary techniques. He added that he had seen an “incredibly blue light” which he said was a sign from “the beyond”.
Coincidentally, the band are set to release their new album, Life after death, on August 19 later this year. They will also be touring the United States (tickets HERE) with Megadeth.
Moody spoke with metal hammer about his alcohol addiction.
“I died. I had been on a bender for about two years, and I had gone four days without drinking in an entire year! Which is ridiculous,” Moody said. locked inside the house, and on the fourth day my daughter came and I went to give her a glass of water, and that’s all I remember.”
Moody continued, “If you stop drinking without the right meds and whatever, you’ll die. That’s what happened. I was dead for about three and a half minutes, and I was part of something while I was there. I say “there” because I was not in that shell. And for the first time in my life, I felt peace.
Moody says he has struggled with alcoholism for years. He described his “blue haze” saying, “It was very calm and peaceful, and I remember not caring about anything. I didn’t have a one-way view. It was wide, and I could see and feel everything. There was no matter involved, I was pure energy, and I saw this incredibly blue light. It was beyond and I was at the edge of the abyss.
The leader had a seizure and was quickly resuscitated by a defibrillator.
“Next thing I know, I was laying there with two paddles on my chest and my daughter was crying in my face,” he said. “It was my daughter who said, ‘Please, not now.’ His voice pulled me back and that was the wake up call for me.
Moody and Five Finger Death Punch highlighted the experience on the band’s music video for single “The Tragic Truth,” which is set to be on the next one. Life after death LP.
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