US Rock Artist Details Struggle With COVID In UHK In New Book

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Mark Lanegan.

A NEW book from a US music artist will detail his struggle with COVID-19 in University Hospital Kerry.

Mark Lanegan moved to the Killarney area with his wife Sherry Brien back in 2020. The former frontman with 90s grunge band Screaming Trees is probably best known for his contributions on a number of Queens Of The Stone Age albums over the years.

A close friend of the late Kurt Cobain, Lanegan has also collaborated with many other well known artists — including most recently Manic Street Preachers — and has released many critically-acclaimed solo albums.

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In his new memoir, ‘Devil in a Coma’, he reveals how be spent a long period in University Hospital Kerry after contracting COVID-19, ending up close to death after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

The press release for the book, which will be released on December 14, says; “One blindingly bright morning in Ireland in March 2021, Mark Lanegan woke up and walked into the kitchen to pour himself a cup of coffee. Having gone completely deaf during the illness that had been slowly devouring his sick body, he found himself floored with cracked ribs unable to breathe. His body — burdened with a gigantic dose of COVID-19 — was quickly taken to Kerry Hospital with little hope of survival.

Slipping in and out of a coma, Lanegan’s mind and body were left oscillating between life and death, unable to walk or function for several months. As his situation becomes more intolerable over the course of that bleakest of springs he is assaulted by nightmares, visions and regrets about a life lived on the edge of chaos and disorder.”

Lanegan has previously spoken in interviews about his move to Kerry, saying the beauty of the landscape and the kindness of the people is unparalleled. The book is available to pre-order on White Rabbit Books

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