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Robb Flynn Recalls His Overdose After Friend's Death

09/01/2016
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Machine Head

(Metal Hammer) Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has recalled surviving a heroin overdose, after a close friend died by the same drug. Flynn read the eulogy at former roadie Jack's funeral last month, which has left him thinking about all the companions he's lost to addiction.

And he's told of the moment he sat with Jack in a restaurant and tried to persuade him to change his ways, by sharing his own experiences. Flynn says: "When his wife discovered heroin needles and threatened to divorce him, I sat him down at Red Robin burger joint and I laid into him.

"I wasn't judging him. Because I was not better than him. I had done heroin at least 10 times. I tried to share with him where it had gotten me. The night we signed the contract with Roadrunner Records in 1993, a buddy and I decided to do some heroin at his dealer's. They shot me up - I could never do it - and I ODd.

"I woke up six hours later on a filthy bathroom floor in a puddle of vomit, feeling like death. At a heroin dealer's house they weren't about to call an ambulance to save me. They just hoped I was alive."

His wife picked him up, and he admitted what he'd done. She was furious because her father had died of heroin addiction. Flynn continues: "While I was remorseful, what happened one week later is what hit me like a ton of bricks. Our friend Jimmy Lapin ODd on the same batch of bad heroin from the same dealer. But he didn't live. I lived. And Jimmy died." Read more here.

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