Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody has revealed that he died for three minutes following an alcoholic crisis.
During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Moody recalled how his body shuts down after he stopped drinking in an attempt to get rid of his alcohol addiction.
He said: “I died! 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.”
Moody added: “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.”
He continued: “It was like a blue haze. It was very quiet and peaceful, and I remember not worrying about anything. I didn’t have an unidirectional 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 the afterlife and I was on the edge.”
“The next thing I know, I was laying there with two paddles on my chest, and my daughter was crying in my face. My daughter was the one saying, ‘Please, not now.’ Her voice pulled me back and that was the wake-up call for me.”
Moody recalled the incident in the video for the single “The Tragic Truth”. His daughter, who appeared in the video, asked him how much of what was seen in the video was real. He said: “I said, ‘My love, almost all of it.’ And it was the most refreshing, fearful moment of my life, just telling my daughter, ‘That was your father, and that’s what I did to myself, much less the rest of the world.’”