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Randy Blythe: Dave Brockie Was Not A Junkie, He Was A Drug Dabbler; Urges Drug Abusers To Seek Help

Blythe reflects on yesterday's shocking news.

Blythe reflects on yesterday's shocking news.

I am still in shock over the news yesterday that Gwar frontman Dave Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose. I wasn't the only one.

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Randy Blythe, the MVP of Instagram took to his page to commiserate about the news. He talked about the Dave Brockie he knew and suggested if anybody finds themselves in a similar situation to seek help.

Here’s me with Dave Brockie & Brad Roberts of GWAR in 2006. Brad & I are still here, but Dave is gone- accidental heroin overdose, as many of you heard today. Not that it really matters, because dead is dead, but I don’t think Brockie was a stone cold junkie when he died- he couldn’t have done all that he did if he was strung out. He partied hard at periods, but I think he was more of a drug dabbler. But there’s a lesson here- dabbling with drugs kills people dead every day, just like being fully addicted does.

I am so fucking sick of my friends dying from alcohol & drugs. Really, really, tired of it- some of them die slow in the throes of addiction, & some of them die after just doing something stupid one night after a party. Some if them fuck around and fuck around and fuck around…”I’ll get sober one day…” For most of them, that day comes for sure- when we put them in a casket. It’s better to be alive when you get sober.

In this photo I was still drinking- I am a FULL BLOWN ALCOHOLIC. When I drink, I do crazy, really ill stuff. But I am a sober man today. I LIVE FREE. I might die surfing in the ocean tomorrow, but I will go out doing what I love, not choking on my own vomit. Besides that, I can just try & help others, so I’m writing this to YOU- YES, YOU- you, the one who can’t stop drinking & getting fired & pissing off your wife, you the one who steals pills from you friend’s medicine cabinet, you the one who is in a dark hole & wants to die & the only thing that fixes it for a little while is a drink or a drug- WAKE UP. GET HELP. STOP. PLEASE, I’M FUCKING BEGGING YOU. YOU CAN DO IT.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET SOME HELP. If I can do it, ANYONE CAN, because I was a TOTAL WRECK for YEARS. Just get some help, goddamn it. And if you haven’t started, don’t. JUST DONT. There is NOTHING cool about being an alcoholic, a drug addict, or dead. Trust me. For the love of God, just don’t start. Please.

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I think it was really touching of Blythe to make the distinction about Dave not being a full blown junkie, which he certainly was not. But as the point was made by Randy, you don't have to be a junkie to make one fatal mistake. Dave loss is certainly a huge one, but if somebody reads Randy's message and decides to get help, maybe another life can be saved.

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