Guns N’ Roses Steven Adler’s spokesperson denies ‘suicide’ rumor, explains stabbing was a ‘accident’

Steven Adler, the former drummer of rock band Guns N’ Roses, has been hospitalized after stabbing himself in the stomach.

Adler’s current condition remains unknown, although medical personnel clarified in the immediate aftermath of him being admitted into the hospital that any injuries sustained as a result of the incident were non-life threatening.

The 54-year-old drummer – real name Michael Coletti – was at home in Los Angeles when the incident took place. An unidentified caller within Adler’s home reported the injury to law enforcement at around 6.30 on Thursday night.

Authorities have stated that nobody else was actually, or suspected to be, involved in the stabbing, although any more details are yet to be made public.

A definitive cause as to why Adler inflicted the injury upon himself is unclear, though the drummer has struggled with substance abuse for decades. Due to his battle with alcohol and drug addiction, Adler also sought out professional help through the avenue of television reality programs, appearing on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s Celebrity Rehab in 2010, and also making subsequent appearances on its spin-off show, entitled VH1’s Sober House.

These issues were part of the reason why Adler was kicked out of Guns N’ Roses in 1990, before bouncing back briefly and rejoining the band, only to be fired once and for all after he failed to uphold a contractual obligation stipulating that he would lose his spot were his habits to relapse.


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More recently, Adler had founded an eponymous band with members of his former project named Adler’s Appetite, and even made a spate of guest appearances with the current Guns N’ Roses’ line-up on their world tours, also being inducted into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the collective.