On June 28, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker sent fans into a frenzy after TMZ reported that he was hospitalized. According to the news outlet, the acclaimed musician was spotted being transported on a stretcher to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with wife Kourtney Kardashian at his side. Barker’s hospitalization was further confirmed by his daughter, Alabama, who took to Instagram to ask fans to “send prayers.”
Shortly after the news broke, Barker’s fans and industry peers took to social media to send their love and support. One fan wrote: “My prayers go out to @travisbarker as he has been hospitalized. It’s not clear why at the moment. I really hope he’s okay.” Another fan tweeted, “I heard the news that Travis Barker was rushed to the hospital hours ago. I hope for the best result with their situation.”
Hours before ending up in the hospital, the Grammy-nominated artist uploaded a cryptic tweet that read “God Save Me” – which set off alarms from his devoted fanbase. However, after hours of speculation, the cause of Barker’s hospitalization has finally been revealed.
Travis Barker was hospitalized for pancreatitis
Since June 28, fans have been concerned about Travis Barker’s health because of his sudden hospitalization. However, after hours of silence, an update on the beloved drummer’s health has finally been announced. According to a report from People, the Blink 182 star was taken to the hospital with pancreatitis. In a statement to the publication, a source revealed that the Barker Foundation founder “complained of convulsions” before he was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Another source also revealed that Barker’s symptoms had both him and his wife Kourtney Kardashian “concerned.”
In an additional report from TMZ, Barker’s pancreatitis was allegedly caused by a recent colonoscopy. According to the Mayo Clinic, pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas, which produces enzymes to aid digestion and hormones, becomes inflamed. While most mild cases get better within a few days, more serious cases can have lasting complications to a person’s health.
This isn’t the first time Travis has had health issues
Many fans have been following the news of Travis Barker’s health and resulting pancreatitis. According to a report by Entertainment Tonight, Barker was experiencing painful discomfort before being transported to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. “Travis was ill and had a severe stomach ache and it really worried him and Kourtney,” a source told the news outlet.
Barker’s recent diagnosis isn’t the first time he’s had health issues. Back in 2018, the Blink 182 drummer ended up in the hospital after doctors diagnosed a staph infection and blood clots in both arms, as reported by Us Weekly. At the time, Barker and the aforementioned band were in the midst of their residency at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “I’m recovering, I have blood clots. I think I have about 30 in my right hand and arm and about 10 in my left,” he told E! News shortly after discharge from the hospital.
In an additional 2019 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, the Grammy-nominated artist opened up about his health anxiety and resilience to performing. “I mean, I can tour. I’m still on blood thinners because I have scarred veins that create blood clots,” he explained. “But I’m touring and playing drums every day, so I’m fine.” Despite facing a number of health challenges, Barker has struggled to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Travis Barker has taken steps to be healthier
Although Travis Barker has suffered some health complications in recent years, it hasn’t stopped him from making healthier life choices. The award-winning star has been a vegetarian since she was a teenager, GQ reports. But it wasn’t until 2008 that the acclaimed producer switched his diet from vegetarianism to veganism.
During the aforementioned year, Barker survived a horrific plane crash that left him severely burned and six dead (per Deadline). Before Barker explored his vegan lifestyle, he was forced to eat beef jerky while he was recovering. Because he ate meat in the hospital, the musician “chatted” about the idea of eating meat when he was discharged – which he described as “terrible” in an interview with the Associated Press.
After trying steak and other meat options, Barker decided to fully embrace his move toward veganism and has dedicated himself to nutrition ever since. In an interview with Men’s Journal, the “Meet The Barkers” star praised the plant-based diet and revealed that it gives her more energy. “Honestly, ever since I found this way of eating, I’ve had endless amounts of energy,” he revealed. “I can walk all day and after all I never get tired. It doesn’t matter what kind of shows I’ve done.” Being vegan has also led to a number of business opportunities for Barker, including his recent partnership with Daring — a plant-based chicken brand. The pop punk legend has also started his own vegan CBD company, Barker Wellness.