Shaun Ry­der af­fected by celebrity deaths

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ge­orge Michael's death re­minded Shaun Ry­der how im­por­tant it is to main­tain a healthy life­style in your 50s. The Happy Mon­days front­man was shocked to hear the Wham! singer had passed away on Christ­mas Day at the age of 53, of nat­u­ral causes. The 'Care­less Whis­per' hit­maker had a di­lated car­diomy­opa­thy, a dis­ease of the heart mus­cle, with my­ocardi­tis, in­flam­ma­tion of the heart wall, and a fatty liver when he died. Shaun, 54 who is a re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dict - has had prob­lems with thy­roids and a her­nia in his later life and says he had to change his rock 'n' roll life­style or face drop­ping dead. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to BANG Show­biz about the abun­dance of celebrity deaths over the past cou­ple of years, in­clud­ing David Bowie and Prince, Shaun said: "They all af­fected me re­ally. Es­pe­cially Ge­orge Michael. It's dan­ger­ous, once you get into your 50s you've got to keep get­ting MOTs. "Things keep go­ing on me thy­roids, testos­terone. "You've got to keep well oth­er­wise you'll just drop dead." The 'Step On' hit­maker ad­mit­ted he has had a num­ber of near-death ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing his event­ful life. He said pre­vi­ously: "When you come close to death, ev­ery­thing slows down. It's hap­pened to me a few times. "Car crashes where the car has flipped around and bounced; an emer­gency land­ing in a plane crash; a few guns shoved in my eye­balls." The Black Grape singer was struck by de­bil­i­tat­ing panic at­tacks just two years ago, but is "glad" he didn't have them ear­lier in his ca­reer or he'd never have achieved all the things he did. He said: "I had my first panic at­tack at 52 years of age. I'm glad it came when it did. If I'd had one as a young lad I don't think I'd have been able to have a ca­reer. It's the most de­bil­i­tat­ing thing I've come across in my life."

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