Just weeks after the fatal plane crash that took the lives of four people and left DJ AM and Travis Barker severely burned, the former Blink-182 drummer has reached out to fans to discuss his recovery, mourn his lost friends and address rumors regarding his ex-wife, Shanna Moakler.
“I want to give my deepest thanks to everyone who has helped deal with the current situation,” he wrote on his MySpace Celebrity Blog on Saturday.
He took a moment to remember Chris Baker and Charles “Che” Still, both employees and friends of his who were killed along with two pilots in the Sept. 19 Learjet crash.
“I would give up anything to have them here with us today, healthy and happy,” he wrote.
On his own quest toward health, Travis will have his seventh surgery on Monday and was able to move all the fingers in his right hand today – a step he calls “huge.”
“Every step seems huge at this point, and I’m doing EVERYTHING I can possibly do to get back to my kids,” he wrote, noting that he’s been chowing down on Jamba Juice and Wahoo’s.
He went on to compliment his doctors – and address rumors regarding Shanna, who accompanied him on his drive back to Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.
“Despite any rumors you might have heard via my EX-wife Shanna Moakler, who I have not seen since the week I checked in, I’ve been treated amazingly well, both here in LA and in Georgia,” he wrote. “The hospitals I’ve been treated at are THE BEST.”
The reference to Shanna has been edited from the MySpace Celebrity blog, though it remains on Travis’ personal page.
He also mentioned his musical collaborator, DJ AM, who was also burned in the crash and has since been released from the hospital.
“I got to see AM the other day,” Travis wrote. “Seeing him after he was discharged was an inspiration… We are both so lucky and grateful that we are alive today.”