Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody is the latest band member to admit to having had an alcohol-related near death experience. While now sober for more than four years, Moody said his sobriety was the result of him being dead in his home with his daughter present for several minutes due to alcohol withdrawal.
Moody recently told Metal Hammer, “I’d been on a bender for about two years, and I’d gone four days without drinking in an entire year! Which is ridiculous. So, for four days I locked myself inside the house, and the fourth day my daughter came over and I went to hand her a glass of water, and that’s all I remember.”
He continued, “If you quit drinking without the right medications and whatever else, you will die. That’s what happened. I was dead for about three-and-a-half minutes, and I became part of something while I was there. I say ‘there,' because I was not in this shell. And for the first time in my existence, I felt peace.”
Moody said his daughter's crying voice woke him up, and he had a defibrillator on his chest. He expained, “Her voice pulled me back and that was the wake-up call for me.”
Guitarist Zoltan Bathory has previously stated that Five Finger Death Punch's upcoming album, Afterlife, was inspired by actual near-death experiences some of the band members have had. The project is due out on August 19th.