Michael Stipe Nearly Died

(Gibson) R.E.M.'s enigmatic frontman Michael Stipe has revealed the incident that caused his fear of the outdoors. According to the Daily Express, Stipe almost died at 14 years of age on a mountaineering trip with the Boy Scouts.

He told the New York Post, "I nearly died at 14. I was a Boy Scout lost on top of a mountain. It was very cold, wet and horrific. My father thought I was dead. First stage of hypothermia is uncontrollable shivers. Then, hallucinations. Then you fall asleep then you're gone. I had the first two stages."

Stipe believes that the harrowing incident scarred him for life and contributed to his fear of the outdoors. "When I got home I went inside and almost never came out," he said. "I've since developed a fear of the outdoors." more on this story

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