Nikki Sixx Reveals Who Contributed To Addicts Like Scott Weiland & Layne Staley’s Deaths

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx discussed how enablers can contribute to deaths of major rock stars, and how people around the artist can keep them on the road despite their drug addiction. Late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley’s mother has spoken in the past about times Layne wanted to get out of his record contract and get clean but his label wouldn’t release him from his contract. Fans criticized some around late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland in his final years as enablers.

Asked on ‘The Doctors’ program if the “rock and roll lifestyle” encourages and enables drug abuse, Sixx responded: “Yes and no. It depends on the artist. Like when Whitney Houston passed away, I think it was a good time to look at enablers. There’s a lot of people around the artist — there’s managers, there’s agents, there’s road managers, there’s crew, there’s family members — so when you see a person heading towards that addiction, a lot of people don’t wanna stop the money train, and that’s where you hear about a lot of the tragedies in rock and roll and other kinds of music as well. But I’m really happy to be a survivor of heroin addiction and alcoholism and be a father and be able to be here today and talk to you guys.”

Nikki also described having an out-of-body experience following a drug overdose in 1987. After being declared clinically dead, he was revived by cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The incident inspired Motley Crue’s 1989 hit “Kickstart My Heart”.

“I was a heroin addict for exactly one year,” he said. “And my heart stopped for two minutes and I came back, I went home and I shot up again and overdosed again. And I woke up the next day and I kind of had a spiritual awakening — that’s the only way I can explain it. Because I woke up and it was the first time I didn’t wanna do drugs. It just changed my perspective, and it was at that time I said, ‘I wanna turn my life around and do something good with this horrible information.'”

  • Raj

    Enablers are greedy leeches who just don’t care about the well being of the artist, the label threatens to sue the artist for millions if they want to leave. They just want to cash in and when they can’t they move on to ruin the next person’s life.

    • Tyrone Blackman

      That’s half right anyway. Your statement takes away any responsibility of the addict. They certainly enable, but they didn’t cause the addiction, or force the addict to use.

      • Raj

        Don’t get me wrong, all of these artists made a choice to start to using. They didn’t cause it but there’s a higher probability of an addict to keep using when surrounded by drugs constant enablers. I don’t know why some can stop using but others cannot.

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  • ALittleBitOfSomething

    Hmm… I somehow missed the “revealing” of who contributed to their deaths.
    “Enablers”? Really? Duh. I could’ve written this article. No names were named, just things that were published in the Mötley Crüe / Nikki Six biographies.

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  • Chris Coppola

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  • Robyne Williams-heller

    I thought there was going to be particular people named as contributing factors.
    But, this information isn’t anything new or anything we don’t already know.
    It’s sad. These musicians are very young and impressionable when they start out. Some coming from very poor and unstable backgrounds. Many of these “handlers” have scumbag preditory behaviours. Are just looking at Dollar signs. Keep the artist doped up and in a Haze so they don’t see how much money they’re being cheated out of.

    • Tyrone Blackman

      It was Dr. Feelgood. You can usually trace the enabling back to the bands manager.

  • Miguel Simal

    When in the interview did he speak about Layne or Scott?

  • dakotablue

    And how about the doctors who prescribe anesthesia so their rich clients Prince and Michael Jackson can sleep? They must know that’s wrong.