Fundraiser to support MTV host Matt Pinfield improve 'physical and mental health' after devastating accident
Rock personality and former MTV VJ Matt Pinfield is entering a recovery center to improve his "physical and mental health." A GoFundMe has been launched recently, organized by a friend, to raise funds for medical bills stemming from physical and mental ailments he is suffering from.
Pinfield is best known for hosting MTV's alternative music program '120 Minutes'. The beloved TV and radio personality was hospitalized in 2018 after being struck by a car with injuries to his head and leg. Chris Trovero, Pinfield's friend and collaborator on his interview show, 'In a Lonely Place' arrange the fundraiser while several of his other famous friends, including Goo Good Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, have also contributed to the campaign.
Pinfield shared a statement with Rolling Stone. “As you know, it’s been a crazy year and a half in my life and now it’s a crazy time in everyone’s lives,” Pinfield said. “Even with the strain of COVID put on everyone’s livelihoods, I’m beyond overjoyed with the amount of support that is coming in from everyone for my physical and mental health recovery," he continued, before adding, "Thank you for all of your continued support and please keep the music in your heart!”
Trevero said, “It’s amazing to see friends and fans of Matt’s from his days at the Melody Bar in New Jersey, to his time on the air as a radio DJ, to his time on 120 Minutes as an MTV VJ, and throughout the rest of his career coming together to support him." He added, "The love is what is keeping Matt strong as he focuses on getting better. As Bruce Springsteen sang on his album 'Wrecking Ball' — 'We Take Care of Our Own' — so I want to thank everyone for helping take care of one of us.”
Matt Pinfield took to Instagram to share his appreciation. He opened his message with, "Chris Trovero surprised me and had to talk me into this campaign to help me with my doctor specialists as it’s very expensive to get the kind of help I need physically and the mental anguish of nearly losing a leg and it caused me to not only relapse but I was reluctant and wanted to keep it a secret because of my foolish pride."
He noted, "You can’t save your ass and your face at the same time as we are human, and everything can change in a second.”
Promising to come back strong, Pinfield said, “Words could not express my love and gratitude,” before adding, "You give me the feeling of a favorite new song.”
The GoFundMe has raised over $40,000 of its $50,000 goal since its launch on May 10.