- Former “Jackass” star Bam Margera has opened up about his December 2022 hospitalization.
- On the Steve-O podcast, Margera revealed that her condition is much worse than people think.
- “I was in my fifth seizure and I couldn’t breathe without a tube down my throat,” Margera said.
Former “Jackass” star Bam Margera has opened up about his recent death.
On December 9, 2022, it was revealed that the stuntman and skateboarder was hospitalized after contracting a severe case of pneumonia. Margera later tested positive for the coronavirus while being monitored by doctors and was put on a ventilator.
Margera – real name Brandon Cole Margera – said his stay at San Diego Medical Center in California was much worse than people realized because he suffered multiple seizures.
The 43-year-old star appeared on Thursday’s “Steve-O’s Wild Ride!” talked to his former Jackass co-star Steve-O in the series. podcast and detailed the severity of his condition, which he said began with a “severe” case of the coronavirus.
“I was basically declared dead on December 8, Elvis’ birthday,” Margera said. “I didn’t know I had severe COVID.”
“My body shut down and I had four seizures lasting 10 to 20 minutes each, and on the fourth I bit my tongue so hard I almost fell off,” she continued.
Margera said she accidentally swallowed “infected blood” as a result, resulting in aspiration pneumonia, which occurs when food or liquid is breathed into the airways or lungs instead of being swallowed.
“It swelled up and swelled up so much that I couldn’t fit it in my mouth, and I was drinking infected blood, and it gave me pneumonia, so when the doctor took me to the hospital, I was in my fifth seizure. “I couldn’t breathe without a tube down my throat,” he explained.
Margera said she regained consciousness five days after being admitted and didn’t know how much time had passed because it felt like “a couple of hours” there.
He said he was released after eight days in the hospital, but “when they took that tube out, it was like Darth Vader’s magic was sucked out of me.”
Steve-O recalled reading Margera’s condition as “critical but stable” and feared the worst, but joked that his “first legitimate thought” was that Margera’s death could derail his ongoing tour.
“The important thing is that Bam is not dead,” he concluded.
Both Margera and Steve-O are best known for their appearances on the MTV prank series Jackass and its many feature films.
However, Margera was not involved in the last film, Jackass Forever, which was released last year because she violated a clause in her contract requiring her to remain sober during production.
Margera filed a lawsuit against Paramount and “Jackass” creator Johnny Knoxville over his firing, which was eventually settled.