Jackass star Bam Margera, 43, has revealed he nearly died while in hospital in December. “I was basically pronounced dead,” he said on the podcast “Steve-O’s Wild Ride!” his show colleague Steve-O (48) about his condition at the time. “I didn’t know I had Covid. My body shut down and I had four seizures, each lasting 10-20 minutes, and on the fourth I bit my tongue so hard it almost fell off,” explained he.

Margera had spent eight days in the hospital in December. There he was put on a ventilator. When he was admitted, he not only had to struggle with Corona: after breaking his wrist while skateboarding in advance, his hand was so swollen “that it no longer fit in my mouth,” the 43-year-old explained in the podcast. Then there was pneumonia. When he was taken to the hospital, he had his “fifth seizure and couldn’t breathe without a tube down his throat,” Margera said.

At the time of his hospitalization, he did not understand the severity of his health condition, it was like a “blackout”. “I woke up five days later and thought I was only there for a few hours,” he continued. “They said, ‘You’ve been here for almost a week. We tried to remove the tube, but you stopped breathing on your own.'”

Steve-O said he was shocked to see Margera on a ventilator and in intensive care in “critical but stable condition”. He joked that Margera’s hospitalization was in the middle of his tour, but added, “The most important thing is that Bam isn’t dead.”

There was relief when Margera responded with an Instagram photo after being discharged from the hospital: “I’m out!” he captioned the Dec. 11 post of him with a friend. “Thank you to my friends, family and you for the love, support and prayers.”