Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley is facing another health scare as his wife Ariana Cooper Whibley revealed Friday that he’s been hospitalized with pneumonia.
She made the announcement in an Instagram post that included a photo of the Canadian rocker, 43, being wheeled on a gurney into an ambulance with a mask on.
‘Deryck and I were suppose to be in Chicago right now, celebrating our eight year wedding anniversary but the universe had a different plan for us,’ Ariana, 32, wrote in the caption. ‘We spent the entire night in the ER and will now be spending the next few days here in the hospital as he fights through pneumonia.’
She went on to reveal the seriousness of the situation by disclosing the stress caused by the inflammatory condition of the lung.
‘The scariest part is that there is a lot of strain on his heart and they are telling us that there is a possibility of heart failure,’ she continued, with obvious distress coming through in her words.
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, 43, was hospitalized with pneumonia, his wife Ariana Cooper Whibley announced on Instagram on Friday
The couple, who’s eighth anniversary was on August 30, are the proud parents of two children: son Lydon, three, and daughter Quentin, six months.
Referencing the rocker’s past health scares, which included collapsing from severe liver and kidney damage due to his admitted alcoholism, Ariana confessed the emergency situation has brought back difficult memories from the recent past.
‘This is obviously not our first time in a situation like this but it brings back a lot of really difficult memories seeing him back in a hospital bed connected to wires and IVs,’ she shared.
A second photo posted on her Instagram page featured a closeup of the model’s hand in Whibley’s as he laid in his hospital bed with a pulse oximeter clipped to his finger.
‘I know how strong he is because I have witnessed what he has been able to overcome but that doesn’t make it any easier to see,’ the California native added, before concluding, ‘I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated but if you could keep him in your heart over the next few days, we could really use it.’
Whibley, now 43, collapsed in the kitchen of his home, as a result of his liver and kidney failure in April 2014.
Doctors ended up placing him in a coma for a week to help his body detox from alcohol, which ultimately set him on the road to recovery where he finally achieved sobriety, according to People.
Following his recovery from the hospitalization, and his wife’s depression and suicide attempt, the couple decided to get sober together.
‘Deryck and I were suppose to be in Chicago right now, celebrating our eight year wedding anniversary but the universe had a different plan for us,’ Ariana, 32, announced on Instagram. ‘We spent the entire night in the ER and will now be spending the next few days here in the hospital as he fights through pneumonia’
Past health scare: The Sum 41 frontman’s past health scares included collapsing from severe liver and kidney damage due to his admitted alcoholism in 2014
Family matters: The rocker and his wife are the proud parents of two children: son Lydon, three, and daughter Quentin, six months
‘We said, “We’re going to take our lives seriously at this point and figure this s**t out,”‘ Whibley told People in 2021.
One year after his hospitalization, in 2015, the Best Of Me singer opened up about his road to being clean and sober.
‘It was the right time in my life for it to happen. I’m glad it happened now and not when I’m like, 50, because my body wouldn’t have been able to handle it. But it’s unfortunate that it had to even come to that. However, now I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt. I’m healthier. I’m in the best shape of my life.’
News of his latest health emergency comes about four months after Sum 41 announced they would be break up as a band by the end of 2023.
‘Being in Sum 41 since 1996 brought us some of the best moments in our lives. We are forever grateful to our fans both old and new, who have supported us in any way. It is hard to articulate the love and respect we have for all of you and we wanted you to hear this from us first,’ a statement read on their Instagram page in May.
‘Sum 41 will be disbanding. We will still be finishing all of our current upcoming tour dates this year, and we’re looking forward to releasing our final album Heaven :x: Hell, along with a final worldwide headlining tour to celebrate, Details will be announced as soon as we have them.’
Breaking up: In May, Sum 41 announced they would be disbanding after a final headlining tour and eight and final studio album
Giving thanks: The band thanked fans when announcing their plan to break up
Swan song: Just last week Sum 41 revealed their final show in Paris in November 2024 has already sold out
The band, which includes Whibley, Dave Baksh, Jason McCaslin, Tom Thacker and Frank Zummo ended the statement by writing how they’re ‘excited for what the future will bring for each of us. Thank you for the last 27 years of Sum 41.’
Sum 41’s final show is scheduled for November. 23, 2024, in Nanterre, France. Last week, the band announced on Instagram that it has already sold out.
Our final Stadium show in Paris next November is now completely sold out. Over 35,000 skumfuks bought tickets! We also have a surprise for you, so stay tuned…. ‘they wrote in the caption.
Since forming in 1996, Sum 41 has released seven studio albums, with the most recent being Order in Decline (2019). Again, the band does plan to drop their eighth and final album before disbanding.