Dancing on Ice’s Bez claims he was nearly shot dead in scary drugs row with gang

Dancing On Ice fan favourite Bez has opened up about a brush with death after he was almost shot dead by gangsters in a drug row in New York City.

Opening up on the terrifying incident in his book Freaky Dancing: Me and The Monday’s, the Happy Mondays rocker revealed he only escaped when a pal disturbed the gangster allowing the musician and his pals to leg it.

Recalling the horrifying ordeal, which happened back in the 1980s, the 57-year-old musician said: "A Puerto Rican gang surrounded us and this kid pulled out a gun and shoved it in my throat.

"It dawned on me that I might have a problem on my hands. But God must have been looking down on me because a guy then appeared at the end of the alleyway and quickly diffused the situation and dragged me away while I was arguing the toss.

"Maybe I was a bit too excited and overly animated at the time but I can be like that when I am on drugs.”

It’s the latest revelation from Bez who also said he once lived in a Moroccan cave to escape angry locals.

After being booted out of his family home in Salford, Greater Manchester, and falling foul of the authorities, he upped sticks and headed to Morocco in North Africa.

He told the Guardian magazine: "At the peak of my rebellion, I did time in detention centres and borstals.

"I was living on the street and getting into all sorts of trouble. By the time I was about 19, I decided the best thing was to have a huge adventure and go travelling.

"I lived in Morocco for a bit and was shoplifting to survive, pinching bars of chocolate.

"I got chased out of town and had to hide in a cave for three weeks until money I’d been waiting for arrived."

Details of Bez’s lucky escape comes weeks after Sun Online revealed he once rioted in prison over trifle.

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He was jailed at the age of 17 after becoming homeless and spent more than three years in prison.

He served a term at a youth detention centre and was later sent to HMP Hindley in Bickershaw, Greater Manchester.

He got into fights, riots and even smuggled cigarettes while he was in prison.

Bez survived another week on Dancing on Ice as Love Island favourite Liberty Poole became the latest celeb to get the boot.

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