Ivan Moody has been sober for a number of years now, but in the very early days of him kicking his addiction to alcohol, the Five Finger Death Punch singer said he had a seizure and was momentarily dead.
Moody reflected on the moment in a new interview with Metal Hammer bluntly saying, “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 explained his withdrawal seizure happened due to him quitting the bottle cold turkey, which can be very dangerous. However, during this very scary episode, Moody also described seeing an afterlife-like “blue haze” vision.
He said, “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.”
Moody continued, “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.”
Five Finger Death Punch’s ninth studio album, Afterlife, is due out on August 19 and is available for pre-order via here. The band wrapped up a European tour earlier this month but will returning to performing on August 19 stateside when their kickoff their tour with Megadeth, The Hu and Fire From the Gods. A complete list of tour dates can be found at FiveFingerDeathPunch.com.