Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler remembered having an out-of-body experience after slipping into a coma due to the ravages his drug abuse brought on, saying on “Mom, It’s Not Devil Music!”:
“I have no veins, so when I was shooting heroin, I would get so frustrated, I would just shoot it in my arm, and it got infected.
“So one day, I decided to go to a liquor store to buy soda pop for once instead of alcohol – I actually was going to buy soda. And I drove off the driveway, I went around the corner and I smashed into seven parked cars. I ended up stopping in the middle of the street, got out of the truck, I fell on the floor.
“And I just remember floating above my body in the hospital room with my friend and the doctor and my mom, I could see myself floating around, and they took the knife and they [cut into my arm] and seven different colors of puss came out. And it smelled so bad that the lady in the next bed, she had to leave.
“And I was floating up above my bed; I was seeing all this happen. And then I went to a heaven – nirvana, heaven, whatever they call it… And I know you’re all gonna think I’m crazy – whatever.
“It was so beautiful. And it had colors that they don’t have on this planet. And some lady came up to me and said, ‘We’re not ready for you.’ And I came back – I woke up in the hospital all taped up, and the doctor [told me], ‘You were lucky.’
“I didn’t try to kill myself that time. There was one time when I did, and I did O.D. The moment I was ‘dead,’ I did go to a hell – so there is a hell and a heaven.
“And this hell was like different caves – like, I had to have different tests to go on to the next line to get through this giant cave. And once I got there and they said, ‘You have to do this test,’ I just saw [makes the shhh sound] and I just came back.
“I’ve heard people say, ‘If you kill yourself, you go to hell.’ So I was trying to kill myself and I almost did. I went through what was hell.”