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Del the Funky Homosapien endured a life-altering experience while performing overseas with Gorillaz at the 2018 Roskilde Festival. During their performance of “Clint Eastwood,” Del tumbled off the stage and suffered significant injuries. Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn immediately sprang into action and stopped the show.
“He [Albarn] was in shock,” Del recalls. “He thought I was onstage behind him. When he turned around, I wasn’t there. He looked down and I’m in a fucking hole behind him. I’m calling to him like, ‘Please help me. Help me.’”
At this point, Del was unable to move. Subsequently, he was rushed to a Danish hospital where doctors discovered he’d not only broken several ribs but had also punctured a lung. After several weeks in Denmark, Del was finally cleared to go home.
Now back in the United States, life looks slightly different for the Bay Area hip-hop luminary.
“I’m trying to get my head together while I’m here,” Del admits. “Physically, I’m okay. Mentally, I’m working on that. It was a lot to go through. I had to go talk to a psychiatrist because there was no way I was about to go back on the road. I didn’t trust nobody. In a way, it was good that it happened because it forced me to think about all this other shit that was happening in the background, even from my childhood. I guess a lot of shit was just repressed.”
Del credits his occasional use of CBD oil with helping him through periods of anxiety. “It calms me down,” he says. “I used it maybe about a year or two ago. I get it whenever I’m around it. It’ …
Author: Kyle Eustice / High Times