29 Years Ago, Nikki Sixx Died

December 23, 2016
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Talk about a resurrection. Throughout the decades, many rock stars have had their brush with death. But unlike many, Motley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx lived to tell the tale.

On December 23rd, 1987, Sixx partook in a enormous drug binge with Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses and Robbin Crosby of Ratt. But after one too many injections of heroin, Sixx overdosed to the point where his skin was literally blue.

In his book The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, Sixx detailed his out-of-body experience as paramedics attempted to revive him. "I tried to sit up to figure out what was going on. I thought it would be hard to lift my body. But to my surprise, I shot upright, as if I weighed nothing. Then it felt as if something very gentle was grabbing my head and pulling me upward. Above me, everything was bright white. I looked down and realized I had left my body. Nikki Sixx—or the filthy, tattooed container that had once held him—was lying covered face-to-toe with a sheet on a gurney being pushed by medics into an ambulance."

Amidst the chaos in the world of the living, Sixx's death spread to both his bandmates and to radio stations. Motley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil said in The Heroin Diaries, "Maybe deep down I knew it was going to happen one day, but it still tore me to pieces because I loved Nikki — even though he was an arrogant selfish s—. I cried. And I never used to cry then."

But a few hours later, something happened that defied all reason and logic. Sixx was revived in the hospital, and certainly not in a good mood either.

In The Heroin Diaries, Sixx described his experience in the hospital as, "There was a cop asking me questions, so I told him to go f— himself. I ripped out my tubes and staggered in just my leather pants into the parking lot, where two teenage girls were sitting crying around a candle. They had heard on the radio that I was dead and looked kind of surprised to see me."

From there the two teens gave him a jacket, pleaded with him to quit drugs, and then gave him a ride home.

(source: Ultimate Classic Rock)