House of Pain rapper Danny ‘Danny Boy’ O’Connor opens up about turnaround from past drug abuse
- TRIGGER WARNING: Story contains content about suicidal impulses
- Rapper, 52, was part of trio who had enduring hit with 1992’s Jump Around
- O’Connor said that he was ‘on a downward spiral’ following the band’s split
House of Pain rapper Danny ‘Danny Boy’ O’Connor said he spent millions of dollars on drugs – and even had homicidal and suicidal impulses – before seeking help.
‘It got dark and it got bad and it was either homicide or suicide,’ O’Connor, 52, told Page Six Wednesday. ‘I was contemplating both before the willingness came back to try sobriety again.’
O’Connor said that he was ‘on a downward spiral’ and ‘with a massive drug addiction’ following the band’s split in 1996, four years after its self-titled 1992 hit album, which spawned the single Jump Around.
The latest: House of Pain rapper Danny ‘Danny Boy’ O’Connor, 52, said he spent millions of dollars on drugs – and even had homicidal and suicidal impulses – before seeking help
The entertainer, who formed House of Pain with Everlast (Erik Schrody) and DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant), referenced years he spent using drugs that hindered his musical career, as DJ Lethal wound up in Limp Bizkit while Everlast has done well on his own with hits such as What It’s Like and Put Your Lights On (with Carlos Santana).
‘I just didn’t think it was going to work for me anymore because I had thrown the gift away originally,’ O’Connor said.
He said that he first cleaned up in 2000 and remained sober until 2003; after two more years of addiction, he sought treatment for his issues.
‘By the time I got sober the second time in 2005, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and I was either gonna kill somebody or kill myself. And you know that’s a terrible feeling,’ said O’Connor, adding that he was sleeping in a warehouse and avoiding an arrest warrant for ‘failure to appear for traffic violations and s*** like that.’
Throwback: House of Pain (l-r) Everlast (Erik Schrody), D.J. Lethal (Leor Dimant) and Danny Boy (O’Connor) were snapped in August 1992 inNYC
Onstage: O’Connor was snapped performing in 2016 at a Quebec music festival
‘A guy called me that I knew from a 12-step program in the past and he reached out and said, “You know, I’m just checking. You know you deserve to have a good day. Let me know if you ever want to try meetings again,”‘ the rapper told the outlet, noting that he felt he was ‘out of all options’ at the time.
‘It really took what it took because I went back and forth and it wasn’t clicking,’ he said. ‘So finally it stuck in 2005 I got willing and on April 15th of this year, I’ll have 16 years consecutively sober. So it’s been a blast.’
O’Connor told the outlet that his use of amphetamines led to ‘$70,000 worth of dental restoration that had to be done’ in the wake of damage left by his drug habit.
‘This is the third time I’m redoing them,’ he said. ‘So the damage was an irreparable mistake.’
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