Bam Margera opens up about relapse + recent hospitalization on Steve-O’s podcast

This week, Bam Margera opened up to her husband Jackass alum Steve-O about him recent drug relapse and subsequent hospitalization with COVID-19 at Steve-O’s Wild ride! podcast.

Last month, TMZ reported that Margera was hospitalized with pneumonia and COVID and had been put on a ventilator. The noted tabloid noted that Margera had been in and out of rehab all of 2022 after him completed a one-year treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

Speaking to Steve-O on Thursday (Jan. 5), Margera reminisced about her recent hospital stay with her typical humor. See the entire interview at the bottom of this post.

“I was basically pronounced dead,” Margera tells Steve-O, saying he “didn’t know I had like contracted COVID β€” my body was shutting down. I had four seizures, each lasting 10- 20 minutes. And on the Fourth, I bit my tongue so hard it almost fell off. It got so swollen and swollen that it wouldn’t fit in my mouth. And I drank the infected blood, which also gave me pneumonia.”

He continues,”[At] in the hospital, I had my fifth seizure and I couldn’t breathe without a tube down my throat. So I woke up five days later thinking I was there for a few hours. They say, ‘Dude, you’ve been here for almost a week. We tried to take the tube out and you weren’t breathing on your own.’ So I spent 8 days there. And dude, when they took that tube out, I felt like I was sucking Darth Vaderhis dick.”

Delving into the issues that led to his hospitalization, Margera discussed his fears in Florida that preceded one of his rehab stints. In an apparent misunderstanding, he said missing his son was mistaken for genuine suicidal feelings.

“What I said was, ‘I haven’t seen my son in 200 days. If he’s not on that plane, I’m going to jump off a building,'” he explains. “They’re like, ‘Put your hands behind your back.’ I’m like, ‘For what?’ They’re like, ‘You’re going to kill yourself.’ … I’m just saying I miss my child.”

Margera, the media personality formerly known for his stunts and skateboarding tricks, also discussed a particularly dark time in his addiction.

β€œAt one point I was taking so many pills at once that my thing was that I would wake up around [and] sleepwalking until I passed out like passing out or whatever,” he says. “And an ambulance would come, they took me to the hospital, checked my head, did an MRI. [or] CT scan [and] realize that I’m okay. The very next night, same thing, same time – I would knock myself out of sleepwalking. I did it for a week straight.”

Margera first found fame as a skateboarder in underground skate movies like the 1999s CKY and reached peak popularity in the 2000s when he starred in MTV’s Viva La Bam. Margera also appears in 25 episodes of the original Jackass TV series, appearing in the first three Jackass film and makes a brief cameo Jackass foreverthe latest Jackass movie. Margera plans to hit the road with Steve-O later this month.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction, there is now help to get through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website. Call 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.

Bam Margera on Wild ride! With Steve-O – Jan. 5, 2023

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