Flavor Flav of Public Enemy was nearly crushed by a falling boulder while driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, totaling his car and bringing him “very close to death,” according to TMZ. Flavor Flav was driving through La Tuna Canyon when the boulder, loosened by recent local rain, fell down the side of the cliff, smashing into the car’s right side and causing Flav to lose control.
The car was damaged, with the passenger side all battered up and missing a headlight, and Flav was able to phone AAA, telling staff that he was physically well but emotionally “shaken up.” He remarked, “God is wonderful,” and that he’s “very thankful to be alive.”
Flav was “fired” from Public Enemy for failing to perform as an April Fool’s joke ahead of the group’s release of a new album and return to Def Jam, the label that defined their early career. On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the band performed “Grid,” a new song from the album What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down.