Bam Margera Was ‘Basically Pronounced Dead’ After Being Rushed To Hospital

Bam Margera was 'basically pronounced dead' after being rushed to the hospital. Find out more information here...
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Bam Margera was ‘basically pronounced dead’ after being rushed to the hospital.

The Jackass star, 43, is one of the founding members of the iconic pranksters, alongside Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville, and Ryan Dunn, who sadly passed away in 2011.

The series, which was both a TV programme and movie franchise, is extremely popular, with the films grossing over $570 million at the box office.

While the stunts and pranks they did were dangerous, Margera has revealed that he’s had a recent health scare away from the series.

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Margera recently appeared on Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast and recalled an incident that took place in December 2022 while at a party.

He explained that he had a series of near-fatal seizures, with each one lasting between 10 and 20 minutes.

The 43-year-old said that his tongue got so swollen it would no longer fit in his mouth.

Margera told his friend and host: “I basically was pronounced dead on Elvis’ birthday* December 8.

“I did not know that I had like gnarly Covid, my body was shutting down and I went into four seizures.

“I bit my tongue so hard it was like nearly falling off, it got so swollen and puffy it wouldn’t fit in my mouth and I was drinking the infected blood which gave me pneumonia as well.”

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Margera went on to say that he was so bad that he was put on life support and had to spend eight days in the hospital.

The skateboarder explained: “I woke up five days later thinking I was there for a couple [of] hours, they’re like, ‘Dude you’ve been here for nearly a week. We tried to take the tube out, and you weren’t breathing on your own’.

“So I spent eight days in there.”

Once he was released from the hospital, Margera took to Instagram and thanked everyone for their support and prayers.

Bam Margera
Bam Margera has opened up about being ‘pronounced dead’ after suffering a number of seizures and having Covid. Credit: @bam__margera/Instagram

Fans were delighted to hear the news and they took to the comment section to wish him well.

One commented: “Love ya Bam, you kick a** brother!”

Another person added: “Glad your well Bam Bam!”

While a third said: “Glad you’re good, had us all scared!”

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Tragically, Margera lost his best friend Ryan Dunn when the stunt performer died in a car crash in 2011.

Dunn was just 34 years old when he and Jackass production assistant Zachary Hartwell died.

Margera’s mum, April, publically announced Dunn’s death.

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In a 2017 documentary for Vice, titled Epicly Later’d, she recalled how she once warned the stunt performer about his driving.

She said: “I always said to Ryan, ‘Dude you’re going to die in a car crash if you don’t slow down, you drive like a fricking maniac’.

“He said, ‘You forgot one thing Ape – fiery, a fiery car crash’.”

*Editor’s note – Margera mistakenly states that Elvis’ birthday is December 8, it is actually January 8.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.