Rocker Deryck Whibley, who founded the band Sum 41, has been hospitalized with pneumonia and faces the “possibility of heart failure,” his wife said Friday.
Ariana Cooper Whibley, who has been married to the “In Too Deep” hitmaker since 2015, shared a photo of the Canadian musician being wheeled into an ambulance as he’s accompanied by two paramedics.
“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 on Instagram Friday.
“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.”
“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 added.
The couple share son Lydon Idby, 3, and six-month-old daughter Quentin Arlo.
“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,” Ariana said of her husband, 43.
In her social media post, Ariana also shared a close-up photo of her holding the rocker’s hand in the hospital.
“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,” she went on.
“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.”
In April 2014, Deryck collapsed on the kitchen floor of his home due to liver and kidney failure.
He spent a week in a coma, where his body detoxified from alcohol. The ordeal prompted him to ditch the booze and become sober.
The following year, the rocker told Vice that his health woes happened at “the right time in my life.”
“I’m glad it happened now and not when I’m like, 50, because my body wouldn’t have been able to handle it,” he told the outlet at the time. “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.”
Following his stint in the hospital, as well as Ariana’s depression and suicide attempt, the pair decided to kickstart their sobriety journeys together.
“We said, ‘We’re going to take our lives seriously at this point and figure this s–t out,’” Whibley told People in 2021.
Sum 41 announced in May that they are disbanding after 27 years together.
The iconic punk band, which consists of Whibley, Dave Baksh, Jason McCaslin, Tom Thacker and Frank Zummo, said their time in the band “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,” the band said in a statement. “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.”
They wrapped up their latest tour on Sept. 3, where they played alongside The Offspring and Simple Plan.
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