Death Angel’s Will Carroll Opens Up About His Battle With COVID-19: “I Wouldn’t Wish This On My Worst Enemy And People Need To Take It Seriously”

As previously reported, Death Angel’s Will Carroll recently returned home from the hospital following a serious case of COVID-19. The drummer has since opened up about his experience with Decibel saying that he was in a 12-day coma and that he even suffered heart failure. Fortunately, he is doing better, but he is now receiving physical therapy for muscle atrophy and has been put on heart medication.

Carroll said the following:

“About three days after I was home [from tour.] My fiancee said I looked and sounded terrible. She said I was wheezing in my sleep and struggling to breathe. That’s the last thing I remember. I don’t remember the ambulance ride or getting to the hospital. The next thing I remember is waking up after a 12-day coma with tubes stuck in me and machines all around. I didn’t even know I was in San Francisco.”

He then added the following when asked if he experienced anything during his coma:

“I don’t believe in Bigfoot and I’m not an ambulance chaser. I’m not a super-spiritual guy. I hardly believe in any of that stuff but I did have some out of body experiences. I went to hell and Satan was a woman and I was being punished for sloth. I was this giant obese Jabba The Hut type creature.

I was vomiting blood and kept on vomiting blood until I had a heart attack which is kind of weird because I had heart failure during my coma. I remember rising up from Hell and floating up above my body and once I got to heaven it was horrifying there, too. It was like a Roman orgy and the angels were scarier than the demons.

I shot back down to earth and I was with some friends in a nightclub and I didn’t know why I was there. That’s the last thing I remember until I woke up. My first words to the nurse were: “Am I still in hell?” She just ignored it. As I said, I never believed in anything like that but I did see myself from above.”

He also had the following to say when asked why he thinks the disease hit him so hard:

“I snore really bad and they think now I might have sleep apnea. I know people with asthma are very susceptible to the virus so I think my respiratory issues while sleeping contributed.”

Carroll went on to talk about how the experience has changed his life:

“Across the board. My days of heavy drinking are over. I might have an occasional glass of wine or Irish cider but as far as doing ten shots a night those days are over. Smoking, including smoking weed, is over too. I’ll still take some edibles but smoking is over. I’m eating healthier and I’ve lost a good amount of weight. That’s one good thing about being in a coma – you will lose weight! (laughs). I started partying when I was 16 years old so it’s been a 36-year ride of partying almost every day. It was fun but I already don’t miss it. I don’t miss drinking. I miss pizza but I don’t miss drinking or smoking and won’t be going back to that lifestyle. “

He also had the following to say about people not taking COVID-19 seriously:

“They are fools. This is not the common flu – that is ridiculous. You really need to stay indoors and follow the rules. It’s no fun to be cooped up and I’m no fan of Big Brother but we have to prevent this from spreading. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy and people need to take it seriously.”

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Death Angel’s Will Carroll Officially Returns Home From The Hospital

Death Angel’s Will Carroll, who recently spent two weeks in the ICU on a ventilator due to COVID-19, has officially returned home from the hospital. According to Blabbermouth, the drummer’s fiancée Leeshawn Navarro confirmed the news on social media saying: “Will is finally home!!!!!!”. The good news comes after Carroll recently shared his own health update.

Death Angel’s Will Carroll Offers Health Update: “Rumors Of My Death Have Greatly Been Exaggerated”

Death Angel’s Will Carroll, who recently spent two weeks in the ICU on a ventilator due to COVID-19, has shared a new health update. Fortunately, the drummer appears to be on the mend.

Carroll said the following:

“‘Rumors of my death have greatly been exaggerated’. I thought I’d start this post with a Mark Twain quote. But in all seriousness I can’t over express how everyone’s outpouring of love, support and positive energy was so important to me. Without getting too spiritual or sappy I honestly think you saved my life.

“When I was in a coma I was for 12 days your positive energy somehow got me through. I know I’m strong and resilient but not that strong.

“During my coma the doctors told me they had to pump my lungs of all fluid which was the equivalent of 5 pounds of beer they thought I was a goner for sure.

“It’s a hell of feeling talking to people who thought you weren’t going to make it. It completely blew my mind when I got a message from one of my idols Jay Jay French from [TWISTED SISTER]. A man who I don’t even know. Maybe he saw a picture of my TS tattoo. That just shows he’s pure class.

“You know when I was a kid I used to think TS’s lyrics were ‘Fuck you, it’s us against them’ but maybe that’s a bit shortsighted I think they’re more about the value of life and not squandering it.

“As I start this new chapter of my life I look forward to getting my chops back up to speed and getting some new files from Mr. Rob Cavestany which will eventually be DA’s 10 record. Until then I have the arguas [sic] task of Learning to walk and eat solid food.

“I love you all and thank you.”

As previously reported, Carroll tested positive for COVID-19 after Death Angel’s European tour with Testament and Exodus. Testament’s Chuck Billy and Steve DiGiorgio and Exodus’ Gary Holt also tested positive as well.

[via Blabbermouth]

Death Angel’s Will Carroll Reportedly Placed On Ventilator In ICU As He Continues Battling COVID-19

Unfortunately, Death Angel’s Will Carroll is still in the ICU battling COVID-19 after contracting the disease following a European tour with Testament and Exodus. Testament frontman Chuck Billy has since commented on his condition saying that the drummer is currently on a ventilator.

Billy told “Trunk Nation” the following:

“Will had to go to the hospital. He’s in ICU on a ventilator right now… I believe he was the first one to test positive [for COVID-19], and then myself and a couple of crew guys. And I know Gary [Holt] and his wife tested; I think they’re still waiting for the results. But a lot of us [experienced] the same feeling — just feeling really tired, body aching, chest tight and short of breath.

And we all kind of had the same feeling, so we were just waiting for the first one to get the results to back to realize, if it’s the same thing, we probably all might have it. So we’re just waiting on Gary‘s [results] now. The other guys — Alex [Skolnick] and Gene [Hoglan] and Eric [Peterson] — all three of those guys feel just fine; they haven’t had any of the symptoms.”

He also added::

“We’ve tried to trace it. We were asking questions, and they still don’t have a lot of the answers for it. They don’t know how long the contagious period is. They don’t know when you get it and when you become contagious. We were lucky enough that nobody was really feeling ill on the road. I believe it was right when we were leaving [Europe] to come home — it was that last day, I believe, and maybe just the airport exposure; I’m not sure.

Eric went a different way, so he didn’t get sick. So did Gene — he didn’t get sick. And so did Alex — he stayed at another hotel. So the rest of us, maybe when we traveled through the airport, I don’t know if we got ill then. Or maybe we contracted it that [last] night — it’s just hard to say. You can’t really put a finger on it.

But we do know that we were feeling fine in Europe. It’s just once we got home, within that 24-hour window, among all three bands, we were all talking to each other and people were feeling ill. So I would think maybe the last couple of days of the tour, maybe we all contracted it somewhere.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Death Angel Thank Fans For Their Support Regarding Will Carroll’s Illness

As previously reported, Death Angel’s Will Carroll was hospitalized and put in the ICU after getting very sick. Now, the band have officially addressed the drummer’s illness, while also thanking fans for their support.

Death Angel said the following:

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your overwhelming support, well wishes, and kind words regarding our friend and brother Will Carroll. The messages have reached us and all of his loved ones. We ask that you keep putting that wonderful energy out there for him. It will help all of us, and most importantly Will, to get through all of this.

We also ask that at this very sensitive time to also please respect his family’s space and privacy, as well as ours regarding this matter, as we all want the same result…Will’s full recovery as soon as possible.

Once again, we all truly appreciate the incredible support and love for him! Please keep it up!

We look forward to reuniting with all of you on the other side of this sensitive time that is new to all of us.

Until then…
Please be safe and kind to each other!
We’re all in this together…And United we’ll live forever!!

With love,
DEATH ANGEL“

Though unclear, many have assumed that Carroll is battling COVID-19. Testament’s Chuck Billy was previously diagnosed with the disease and Exodus’ Gary Holt was also exhibiting symptoms after the three bands toured Europe together.

Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) On Will Carroll (Death Angel): “I Heard He’s Doing A Lot Better, But The News Is Very Vague”

Upon returning from “The Bay Strikes Back” tour in Europe, Testament’s Chuck Billy tested positive for COVID-19, Exodus’ Gary Holt started exhibiting symptoms of the disease, and Death Angel’s Will Carroll ended up in the hospital. Now, Exodus’ Steve “Zetro” Souza has offered an update on all of his peers in the below video:

Souza said the following:

“You’ve gotta understand that [we were] meeting fans and [we were] meeting different people and [we were] all using the same facilities and the same catering and [we were] all around each other constantly, so it makes good sense why so many people from the tour caught it”

He went on to say that he personally feels “great”:

“If I have [the disease], I don’t have any symptoms of it. I don’t feel bad at all. I am sleeping really well. I feel strong as an ox. I wish the gyms weren’t closed; I’d be there every day, unfortunately.

“The only one from our camp who seems to be sick is Gary, who showed signs of it. But his test won’t come back for quite some time now — seven to 10 days, I believe. Why that is, I don’t know. But him and his wife were tested. Now, I spoke to him this morning, and he feels better, although he still has a little bit of the symptoms sometimes, but he says he feels much better on that.

“Obviously, everybody knows, yesterday, Chuck Billy and his wife Tiffany had went on the Internet and told everybody that they have contracted it as well, which means now more people, it looks like. And I believe there’s two of their techs in their camp, that worked for them, have contracted it as well.

“I don’t even know if Will [has tested] positive. Will Carroll is very sick. He’s in the ICU right now. I heard he’s doing a lot better, but the news is very vague.

“We’re doing all right in the EXODUS camp. Really, Gary’s the only one that’s sick as far as the techs. And the rest of the band, everybody’s doing good. A couple of guys in DEATH ANGEL are not feeling too well but getting better. Chuck and his wife and a couple of their techs not feeling too well, but they’re getting better. So just keep your fingers crossed.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Gary Holt (Exodus) On Will Carroll (Death Angel): “He Is Very Ill”

It was recently revealed that Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is currently being treated at a Northern California hospital after getting “very sick” upon returning from the band’s recent European tour with Testament and Exodus. Now, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt, who previously said that he was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, has confirmed the sad news:

“I remained quiet on this earlier, not wanting to say anything until I was certain it had become public knowledge, but Will Carroll, @bleedingpriest , is in need of some massive positive vibes. Me, I appreciate all the warm wishes I’ve gotten, but I’m sick, nothing more, Will is in the ICU. WAY worse that anything I’m dealing with, by a long shot. Not even close. He is very ill. There are several of us that have symptoms and are waiting for test results. Will needs some healing vibes from everyone. Here we are recreating the Scorpions pyramid with @bonsloth Get well Will👊🏻❤️👊🏻”

Death Angel’s Will Carroll Is Reportedly “Very Sick” In The Hospital

According to Blabbermouth, Death Angel drummer Will Carroll is currently being treated at a Northern California hospital after falling ill upon returning from the band’s recent European tour. His girlfriend Leeshawn Navarro reportedly said that she took him to the emergency room after he got “very sick” and that he is in need of “positive healing thoughts.” She later added:

“Need even more healing vibes, candles, prayers, love, everything you have for Will. I love you so much Will!!! Keep fighting I need you!!!! We all need you!!!!!”

Death Angel Drop Off Metal Against Cancer Benefit Due To Will Carroll’s Broken Foot

Death Angel drummer, Will Carroll is currently recovering from a broken foot, after missing a step while taking out the trash. This has resulted the band canceling their appearance at this year’s Metal Against Cancer benefit.

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Carroll issued the following statement:

“Two days ago I was taking out the trash and in doing so I missed a step in my basement, rolled my foot and broke a bone in my right foot. Doctors say I can’t drum for 3 to 4 weeks. Because of this Death Angel will not be playing the Metal Against Cancer benefit on Feb. 28th. I was looking forward to this show for many reasons but the biggest one is the fact that I lost my mother to cancer 11 years ago so it was important to me and DA to be a part of this great cause. This will also be the first show I have ever cancelled in the 27 years I’ve been playing live so this is hitting me on multiple levels. We put the word out to a couple of drummer friends to help out but they were unavailable. We decided there wasn’t enough time to teach someone the set and make it presentable. The last thing we want to do is put on an unequal performance. People deserve better than that. We (especially me) apologize to everyone who bought tickets and to our fans who were expecting to see us. And to all the organizers, other bands and everyone involved. Maybe we’ll be asked to do this again. I certainly hope so.

Will Carroll”