Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler hospitalized after stabbing himself in the stomach
The former Guns N' Roses drummer has struggled with drugs and suicidal tendencies in the past but has been clean for some time now.
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler was reportedly hospitalized after stabbing himself at his home in Los Angeles. While details about the incident are scarce, Adler was known to have struggled with substance abuse and has even admitted to attempting suicide in the past.
TMZ reports that someone at Adler's L.A. home called 911 shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday to report someone had stabbed themselves. Cops and paramedics discovered Adler with a stab wound in his stomach. Adler was rushed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one else is currently suspected to have been involved in the stabbing.
Adler was kicked out of Guns N' Roses over his drug addiction in 1990. Though he was later inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 2012, Adler was deeply affected by being forced to quit the band.
In an interview with Rukus magazine, the veteran musician said, "I tried killing myself, and you know, you’d think it’s easy to do, but let me tell you: it’s not easy. I could tell you there are two separate times I tried killing myself and both times I took 100 Valium, drank the big bottle of Jagermeister and shot up ¾ of a gram of heroin. The only thing that happened to me is that I had the best night sleep of my life. So, I just got tired of being sick and tired and feeling down. Unfortunately, you don’t realize this until you’re getting sober but the reason why you’re depressed all the time is it’s the drugs that are depressing you. Cocaine and Heroin are depressants; Valium is a depressant; alcohol and cigarettes are a depressant."
After a heart attack and two strokes caused by substance abuse, Adler began drug counseling and announced his recovery 10 years later, appearing on the fifth season of ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’. He also made an appearance on the show’s spin-off ‘Sober House’.
According to Metro, the famous drummer performed four nights ago in Biloxi, Mississippi. Before that, he performed at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas with his new outfit Adler’s Appetite on June 20. He was set to return to the stage at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on July 12.