According to a report on TMZ.com, former Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock is in a coma. Sources have told the tabloid that the troubled front-man has been completely unresponsive since last Thursday. He is being treated at an as-yet undisclosed Los Angeles area hospital.
The 37 year old, whose real name is Seth Binzer, was reportedly due to appear in court sometime this week to answer to cocaine possession and domestic battery charges stemming from a February 16th incident in his native Los Angeles. No word has been released about whether or not the coma may be drug related, though rumors are swirling at press time.
Crazy Town is perhaps best known for the single "Butterfly," which has sold 213,000 physical copies and 584,000 downloads since its 2000 release. The group released just two albums, 1999's "The Gift of Game" and 2002's "Darkhorse," before disbanding. the group also featured Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, who committed suicide less than a year after surviving a horrific plane crash that also injured Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker.
Shifty Shellshock has waged a long and public battle with drug addiction. He has appeared twice on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab" in addition to two appearances on the spinoff "Sober House." "Rehab" host and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky reportedly reluctantly treated the star for a fourth time after DJ AM's death. Though he has yet to publicly comment on the news, a post on Dr. Drew's Twitter feed contains a quote that some have linked to Shellshock.
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. – Benjamin Franklin," the Tweet reads.
Shifty's former girlfriend and mother of their 2 year old child was reportedly the first to bring the news public. Jasmine Lennard told TMZ that the family never bothered to notify her, and that she heard the news from a friend almost a week after he fell into a coma.
"The family is blaming me for leaving him during Christmas for this relapse," she said.
More on this story as it develops.