“Succession” star Alan Ruck is opening up about his near-death experience.
Ruck talked about contracting a blood infection in 2001 during an interview on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast.
“They still don’t know how it happened, but I got blood poisoning,” the actor shared, according to Yahoo! “I got a streptococcal type-G infection in my blood. And all I knew is, we were filming, like, the last show before Christmas and I felt like I was going to die,” he added, referencing the show “Spin City”.
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Ruck went on, “I just had the worst headache of my life. My whole body hurt. I didn’t know what was going on. I had a fever. I had chills. I was a mess.”
He recalled how he felt “delirious” trying to make his way home that day.
“I just felt like hell, so I just laid down in the lobby,” he said. “And people were walking over me, just like, ‘Oh, drunk.’”
He then stumbled to his apartment building, where his wife greeted him.
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“I just collapsed and she called 911,” he said. “The next thing I know, I hear — that was like three days before Christmas — the next thing I know, people are going, ‘5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Happy New Year!’
“I was out for, like, nine days. I had lost 35 pounds,” Ruck continued. “My kidneys had stopped working. I got this ferocious infection in my bloodstream.”
Ruck shared, “To this day they don’t know how I got it. But, anyway, I got this horrible infection in my bloodstream, shut down my kidneys, shot little pieces of c**p up into my brain.
“So, for two days, they were like, ‘He’s not going to make it’ and then, after two days, I was hanging in there and they were like, ‘OK, it looks like he’s going to pull through, but he’s not going to be right upstairs.’ And then I started to regain some clarity and I wasn’t any dumber than I was before when I got sick.”