Travis Barker Offered $1M Asking Friends To Kill Him

Travis Barker, known for being the drummer of American rock band Blink-182, has recently revealed his past struggles following the infamous plane crash he survived in 2008.

In his new memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, he shares how it was music and his family that kept him on track.

“My kids are my everything. They were a huge part of my recovery. They are my everything. I don’t even want to think about my life without them,” said Barker, 39, of his children: son Landon, 12, and daughter Alabama, 9, from his ex, Shanna Moakler.

The drummer is the lone survivor of a tragic airplane accident that took place in September 2008, on a flight from South Carolina to California.

Upon take off, one of the plane’s tires burst, causing it to crash into another plane docked at the airport.

“The plane’s on fire and my hands are on fire so I unbuckle my seat belt and I jump right into the jet, which holds all the fuel. I basically ignite my whole body in fire,” said Barker of the traumatic experience.

“I’m soaked in jet fuel, there’s nothing I can do to put the fire out. I’m completely nude at this point… I’m running, grabbing my testicles, my genitals, because, I don’t know why, and then we realize, you know, we’re out of the plane and… the plane explodes.”

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Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge (front), Mark Hoppus (center), and Travis Barker (back) in 2003 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

The plane crash took the lives of four people that day. Barker is the only living survivor of the crash, as he lost fellow crash survivor and best friend Adam Goldstein (also known as DJ AM, whom he collaborated with to form the musical duo TRV$DJAM) to overdose a year after the accident.

The accident left Barker with burns on 65 percent of his body. He had to spend four months in a burns unit and went through 27 surgeries before making a full recovery.

Besides physical wounds, Barker struggled with mental issues as well, fighting off survivor’s guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder. At this point, he had been making calls to friends, offering them $1M in exchange for taking his life.

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Speaking to ABC News, he said, “I mean, [medical officials] had to take my phone out of my room because I was making these phone calls. I would call friends of mine and go, ‘You know, I’ll deposit a million dollars into whoever’s bank account. Like, I’m done.’”

Barker struggled with substance abuse prior to the crash but has now overcome his drug addiction. While he has released music in the years since the crash, he has yet to board a flight again.

He said, “I tell my children, ‘When you’re ready to fly, I’m ready to fly.’”

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