Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan believes he saw his own dead body after a drugs overdose left him lifeless for two minutes
The singer thinks his soul left his body behind when he ‘died’ for over two minutes following a heart attack caused by taking cocaine and heroin in 1996.
He explained: “The first thing I realised in the hospital was that I exited my body. I was floating underneath the ceiling and could observe exactly what was happening underneath me: Paramedics were running around my body and tried to save me. I screamed that I wasn’t actually lying down there but above them.
“I believe it was my soul screaming which had already left my body and became a witness of what happened to my body. At that point I was clinically dead, my heart wasn’t beating. These seconds seemed like hours to me. And suddenly, there was a complete, frightening darkness around me. As if someone had turned off the light.”
Dave – who is joined in the band by Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher – was woken by paramedics, but immediately arrested by police for having been in possession of narcotics, but thankfully he managed to avoid jail and get clean.
He told BILD on Sunday newspaper: “When I woke up, I was tied to the bed with handcuffs. Policemen were standing in front of me and read my rights to me. I was arrested because of possession of cocaine and heroin.
“The court let me do a therapy. For about a year, I lived in a detoxification clinic with other drug addicts and alcoholics. I regularly had to do a urine test. If they had found a prohibited substance only once, I would have had to go to jail in Los Angeles for two years. I was really afraid of this. For the first time in my life, it became clear to me that I am not immortal.”