Jackass Star Bam Margera Opens Up About Health Anxiety, ‘I Was Pronounced Dead’

As fans may recall, reports surfaced in early December that Bam Margera had a major health scare. Reports at the time indicated he was being treated in an ICU and placed on a ventilator. The professional skateboarder has now pulled back the curtain on what happened that day, revealing that he was even pronounced dead at one point. Margera sat down with his asshole co-star Steve-O on his new podcast to talk about it and confirm how dangerous the situation he was in at the time. Speak on the Steve-O’s wild ride podcast Margera revealed:

“I was actually pronounced dead on Elvis’s birthday, December 8. I didn’t know I had terrible COVID, my body shut down. I had four attacks, each lasting 10 to 20 minutes, and on the fourth, I got a bite so hard on my tongue it almost fell off. It got so swollen and swollen it couldn’t fit in my mouth. I drank the infected blood, which also gave me pneumonia.”

Margera then noted that he arrived at the hospital afterward, resulting in a fifth attack. He added: “(I) couldn’t breathe without a tube down my throat. So I woke up five days later thinking I was only there for a few hours, they said ‘dude you’ve been here almost a week’. We tried to take the tube out and you weren’t breathing on your own, so we had to put it in.” So I spent eight days in there and man, when they took that tube out, I felt like I fell on Darth Vader’s dick. I had to drink a tea and lozenges all day long.’

Bam further confirmed that the rumors that he had been placed under guardianship were false, but that he was under temporary guardianship, something his family previously revealed in a statement. Margera and Steve-O teased that they continued to team up for a stand-up comedy show tour, not bringing up Jackass’s future at all.

“It’s no secret that Bam struggles with mental health and addiction. You’ve watched Bam grow up and support him through his ups and downs,” Margera’s wife Nicole Boyd previously said in a statement. “Our family has allowed you into the chaos that is our home, and we want nothing more than to continue this journey together. The ‘Free Bam’ movement has created confusion and threat to Bam and our families. While we love our lives to share with you, some things need to be handled privately, and treatment is one of them. Recovery is difficult and especially under public scrutiny.”

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