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Death Angel’s Will Carroll Opens Up On His COVID-19 Battle That Included A 12-Day Coma & Heart Failure


Death Angel drummer Will Carroll was one of a number of musicians (and accompanying road crew) on the recent Testament, Exodus and Death Angel European tour to contract COVID-19 and by all accounts thus far, he was the one that got hit the hardest by it.

Carroll‘s battle saw him wind up hospitalized in a 12-day coma where he also experienced heart failure. While he has since recovered and been discharged, he is now receiving physical therapy to combat the resulting muscle atrophy and remains on heart medication.

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Carroll recently recounted his experience to Decibel and when asked about the experience and how he found himself in the hospital, he commented:

“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.”

When asked if he experienced anything during that 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.”

Since recovering Carroll has vowed to take better care of himself, including limiting his drinking, eating healthier and giving up smoking. As for whether or not Carroll had any underlying conditions which made him more susceptible to the disease, he offered:

“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 also had the following response to those who dispute the severity of COVID-19:

“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.”

You can read more on Carroll‘s harrowing experience over at Decibel.