Deryck Whibley recovery: Sum 41 musician shares new photo as he reveals hopes to soon 'be back on stage'

The pop-punk singer and guitarist thanks fans for their support over alcohol-fuelled hospitalisation

Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley is recovering from alcohol-induced liver and kidney failure and hopes to be “back on stage before you know it”.

He shared a new picture of himself on his Facebook page, following his exit from hospital, during which time he posted a series of harrowing photographs from his sick bed as a warning against the dangers of excessive drinking.

Although his most recent shot is an improvement on his hospital pictures, his appearance still contrasts starkly with his Sum 41 heyday of the 00s, when he was known as a skateboarding pop-punk pin-up with spiky hair and dimples.

He thanked his fans for all the support he’s received over the past few weeks. The latest picture shared by Whibley on his Facebook page “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,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“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.

“see you all soon, deryck whibley.[sic]”

Whibley – who was married to Avril Lavigne between 2006 and 2009 – announced news of his hospitalisation a fortnight ago (16 May), describing in a blog post, entitled Rock Bottom, that his alcoholism had “finally caught up” with him.

After a prolonged stint of hard drinking, the singer had collapsed unconscious and was admitted into a hospital intensive care unit.

Doctors told him that further drinking would kill him.

“I was stuck with needles and IV’s all over,” he wrote.

“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.”

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