Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis released a statement following the death of his estranged wife Deven last week.
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Jonathan Davis requested a domestic violence restraining order against Deven Davis just a few hours before she was found dead in a Bakersfield hotel room. In those court filings, Jonathan said Deven had a 20 year history of drug addiction — specifcially, cocaine, norco and nitrus oxide. He claimed his family was in crisis saying their children would be in extreme danger if left with their mother.
Jonathan filed for divorce from Deven shortly after their twelfth wedding anniversary in October 2016. He listed irreconcilable differences as the reason.
Jonathan said they lived at a rented million dollar home in northwest Bakersfield for the last six years, but he often stayed at a recording studio down the road.
It wasn’t until recently, court documents publicly outlined accusations of Deven’s longterm drug use. Jonathan said it got so bad, and in front of their two children, he needed a restraining order.
He said she had monthly prescriptions for nearly 200 norco pills. Jonathan alleged Deven had a drug dealer boyfriend who supplied her with additional narcotics. He claimed he found the man passed out on their couch — a heroin pipe in the bathroom and cocaine floating in the toilet.
On another occasion, Jonathan said Deven posted a picture online of a fan in their bedroom, wearing his jacket.
He claims she also battled alcohol and a sex and gambling addiction.
Records also state the couple owed $1.4 million to the Internal Revenue Service.
Court records show Deven was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2014. Jonathan said their children were in the car.
He said she has hit him and kicked him in in the past.
Jonathan alleged Deven sought treatment for a drug relapse last month at Bakersfield Behavior Health Center. She was living at a sober living home — until she checked herself out August 10. a week later, her body was discovered in a hotel room at the Extended Stay on California Avenue. According to the coroner’s office, the cause of death is pending toxicology results.
Police are investigating her death. Deven was 39 years old.
Jonathan is in the middle of a tour promoting a new album Black Labrynth. According to his website, he is scheduled to perform in Virginia September 2.
He shared the message with his social media followers. The statement reads:
Over the last few days, there has been a lot of speculation over what really happened surrounding the death of my wife, Deven, and I want my voice to be heard. Over the past decade, my wife has been very sick. She had a serious mental illness and her addiction was a side effect. I loved with ALL of my being. When she was her true self, she was an amazing wife, amazing mother and amazing friend. Deven had a huge heart, and she would never intentionally hurt her children or anyone that she loved. She was an incredibly nurturing, giving, loving, and hilarious person. She was full of life and joy, and she would do anything to share that with those around her. I tried to hide what was going on for so long in order to protect her, but because of this tragedy that has happened to my family, I feel that now is the time to the truth with all of you. She is the reason I have advocated so hard for those stuggling with their mental health. I want her story to inspire people to reach out for help, and not to be afraid or hide from their illness. If you know someone with a mental illness, have compassion and empathy, and know that they are not bad people, they are suffering. I want this to inspire change. I want California law to change to help people like me help others get the help they need. How can someone who is so sick realize themselves that they need help? She wasn’t well enough to understand how sick she really was, and she wasn’t able to get the help for herself that she really needed. This shouldn’t have to happen to other mothers, or anyone for that matter. I’d give anything to have the chance to hold her again. I’d give anything for my kids to have their mother back. I have comfort in know she has found freedom from her illness, and she is finally at peace. Deven, I love you bebe. I’ll never love anyone the way I loved you, and I’ll never get over losing you. I promise I’ll do everything in my power to raise our precious boys the right way, teach them the good values you wanted them to have so badly, and to break the cycle of abuse we both experienced as kids. I’ll do everything I can to make your dream that you had for the future come true in your memory. The tattoo down you back, from the poem I wrote for you when we started dating, said, “Even in death, I’ll be by your side my love,” in German. I swear one day I’ll be there with you by your side when my ride here on earth is over. I love you, Luber.