Ginger Wildheart Hospitalized Following Suicide Attempt, Takes To Social Media To Explain
Ginger Wildheart, singer and guitarist for U.K. rockers the Wildhearts, has been hospitalized after attempting to take his own life yesterday. He then took to social media to relay his story.
NME has relayed an official statement from the singer's management. “Ginger is currently hospitalised and receiving around the clock care and is in the safest possible place. We ask that you please respect the privacy of Ginger and his family and friends at this difficult time.”
On Twitter Wildheart posted, “Well the suicide attempt failed. F---ing gutted. Currently sectioned for who knows how long,” Ginger posted on Twitter today. Following it with the cryptic, "I won’t fail again."
According to reports, Wildheart spent the night in police custody in Ireland prior to the attempt, following an altercation with a fan.
Many fans took to the social media site to voice their love and support for him and his music. Ginger, who suffers from depression, talked candidly about his medications and their lack of help. "My life has become unmanageable under medication. My latest med, Duloxetine, has damaged and destroyed so much. Beware of Duloxetine." This comes just one day after Sinead O' Connor's Facebook plea talking about her own mental illness.
Born David Leslie Walls, Ginger has fronted the Wildhearts since the late 1980s. He has also had a solo career running tandem and has played with the likes of Michael Monroe and members of the Hellacopters.
There was a series of concert dates scheduled according to his website, but on Twitter, he alludes to them being canceled. His postings continued with a bleak observation, "Funny how repeatedly banging your head against a wall gets results. THIS is NOT better than death. My life is a f---ing mess. This sh-- can’t end quick enough. Who the f--- could miss this f---ing place?"
His management confirms that “it is with regret that due to serious ongoing issues with Ginger Wildheart’s mental health, we will be unable to fulfill any scheduled live appearances in the very near future."
Like O'Connor, in an interview last year, Wildheart said of depression, “It is a disease, it does kill; in fact it kills more people each year than cancer. Everyone is fine talking about cancer – and so they should be – but cancer has all these charities that fund research, yet mental health gets no research funding from the government. It’s an absolute crime.”
Last year, he recorded the track "F--- You Brain" with his friend Ryan Hamilton, to highlight suicide prevention, which you can still purchase on Bandcamp. "Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago," he wrote on the page. All proceeds from the project is going to the Samaritans, a suicide prevention organization with 24/7 hotlines for anyone who is struggling and needs to talk. You can call 1-800-273-8255 at any time for help.