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Just one day after reports surfaced that Seth Binzer, the former Crazy Town frontman who performs under the stage name Shifty Shellshock, had fallen into a coma, the musician has reportedly regained consciousness.
While little is known about what may have caused the 37-year-old to fall into a coma, sources tell TMZ, who first reported the news, that drugs may have been a factor. Binzer previously appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab (2008-2009) and Sober House (2009-2010), and was scheduled to appear in court this week for a pretrial hearing following a February arrest for possession of cocaine.
Binzer has reportedly been on breathing tubes since Thursday, March 29, but had them successfully removed late Tuesday night. He is said to be responsive and speaking sporadically, but is not fully aware of his surroundings. Binzer continues to be held in the ICU at an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital.
Crazy Town, which also featured the late DJ AM (aka Adam Goldstein), spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in early 2001 with “Butterfly.” It was an international hit, reaching the Top 10 in more than a dozen countries. Buoyed by the single — which has sold 213,000 physical copies and 584,000 downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan — the band’s debut album The Gift of Game reached the Top 10 and went platinum. The 2002 Paul Oakenfold single “Starry Eyed Surprise” included lines sung by Binzer in “Butterfly.”
But “Butterfly” was Crazy Town’s only song to hit the U.S. chart. The group went on an indefinite hiatus after its second album, 2002’s Darkhorse, spent just one week on the Billboard 200. Recording as Shifty, Binzer made a solo album — 2004’s Happy Love Sick — that enjoyed moderate success overseas but failed to chart in the U.S.
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