R.E.M. founder Michael Stipe has revealed that he almost died aged 14 when he became stranded atop a mountain, and began showing signs of hypothermia.
The rock legend recounted how he got lost while on a Scout trip and the harsh weather conditions made him dangerously ill.
He tells the New York Post: ‘I nearly died at 14. I was a Boy Scout lost on top of a mountain. It was very cold, wet and horrific. My father thought I was dead. First stage of hypothermia is uncontrollable shivers. Then, hallucinations. Then you fall asleep - then you?re gone. I had the first two stages.’
Stipe has ever since been nervous of the great outdoors as a result of the incident.
He adds: ‘When I got home I went inside and almost never came out. I’ve since developed a fear of the outdoors.’