The Calling's Alex Band Abducted, "Left for Dead": "I Am Grateful to Be Alive"

Celebrity News Aug. 19, 2013 AT 3:45PM
Alex Band of The Calling Alex Band, the 32-year-old lead singer of The Calling, was reportedly abducted off a street in Michigan and beaten on Aug. 18 Credit: Marco Prosch/Getty

UPDATE: Alex Band, the lead singer of The Calling, was abducted and beaten this weekend in Michigan, he confirmed in a statement to Us Weekly hours after reports first emerged. The rocker was walking from his hotel in Lapeer, Mich., to a nearby mini-mart at around 4 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, when some people in a van pulled up alongside him and took him off the street.

The statement notes that the star was "left for dead" by his abductors. "After a heavily attended Lapeer Days Festival, the singer was abducted after the show during a trip to the mini-mart. Alex was grabbed his shirt and hit from behind and lost his footing," the statement explains. It goes on to say that he was beaten with a police baton and had a gun pointed at his face while his abductors demanded his so-called "Hollywood money."

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"After Band fought back, he was cornered in the van with the gun to his face, and Band told the assailants, 'Don't kill me as I am about to be a dad,'" the statement continues. "After more beating, the assailants responded with 'We don't kill fathers' and then left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer." He suffered a fractured lower spine, a gash on his chin requiring 15 stitches, three broken teeth, and bruising to his side and stomach.

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"I never thought my unborn child would be my savior," Band says in the statement. "I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans." He adds that drugs and alcohol were not involved in the incident, saying: "I take my rehabilitation very seriously. I was near death due to this unbelievable situation and the rumors are categorically false."

Sources previously told TMZ the abductors beat the 32-year-old Band severely before dumping him on some local train tracks. He was discovered a short time later.

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Band and his The Calling bandmates -- who split in 2005 but reportedly reunited just recently -- were in Lapeer for a music festival. Another member of the group (known for the song "Wherever You Will Go") reportedly noticed that the singer had gone missing on Sunday morning and then assembled a search party.

Law enforcement officials wouldn't confirm the details of the incident to TMZ, but the site says that a report was filed and that cops are currently investigating. Band himself has not yet responded to TMZ's request for comment. His condition is unclear.

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