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Jeremy Clarkson Was "At Death's Door" While Battling Pneumonia

He sardonically requested "a rock hammer and a big poster of Raquel Welch"

4y ago

While we're all thankful that Jeremy Clarkson seems to be making a good recovery from his recent bout of pneumonia, it wasn't quite as easy as the presenter let on over social media.

He wrote today in his Sunday Times column that he had "three nights spent spasming in my bed" before a doctor insisted on admitting him to the hospital for at least a week, reportedly saying, "If you don't do as I say, you will die." Clarkson eventually learned that his right lung was laden with mucus, leaving him struggling hard for breath, and struggling even harder for something to do.

Clarkson quipped that the worst part wasn't the illness, but the crushing boredom he endured while laid up in the hospital: "People who stay in [hospitals] become institutionalised and incapable of speaking about anything other than what nurse brought what drug at what time. Boredom turns them into bores. And when they get out, as I have, and there is nothing to do for two whole months apart from get better, things are even worse, because all I can talk about is my illness.”

Clarkson initially fell ill during a family trip to Mallorca, and was admitted to a local hospital for several days, where was "dying of boredom...literally dying." Ah, well. At least he's not dying from the pneumonia.


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Comments (35)

  • Okay Mr. Clarkson, I know you're fatigued with talking about the illness, but, seriously take this to heart. I have had pneumonia. I am not a smoker. I began to feel better about a week out of hospital and decided to continue my photo shoot schedule. I was fine the first day, set up my studio on location, completed 36 sittings. I went back to my hotel, slept soundly, and bounded out of bed thinking..YEAH I got this situation in hand. I continued the photo shoot for the next 2 days. On the 4th day I collapsed while speaking to a customer and woke up in the hospital that afternoon. I had to start all over again with IV medications and found out that even if I hated down time from work, it really wasn't my choice. So PLEASE follow your physicians instructions and literally recuperate. All your fans want you active again, but, we want you well first. Looking forward to season 2 of The Grand Tour. Take care.

      4 years ago
  • While we all applaud your work ethic, Jeremy, dying on the job is strictly prohibited. Do yourself a favor and rest.

      4 years ago
  • Jeremy - Please. Stop. Smoking.

      4 years ago
    • Jeremy:

      As much as this fat, rude, stupid cheese-eating American might hate you on occasion, we all love what makes you you. That having been said, we can't love you *being* if you *aren't*. If your doctor says the smoking needs to go, then...

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        3 years ago
  • I just can send to him my best wishes of an quickly recovery. We (the fans), his friends and family don't want to say goodbye to him to soon...

    And please Jeremy, please, stop with the cigarettes, that doesn't bring nothing good to you, drive Koenigseggs instead!

      4 years ago
    • >> And please Jeremy, please, stop with the cigarettes, that doesn't bring nothing good to you, drive Koenigseggs instead!


        3 years ago
  • it makes me incredibly angry to see people making light of Pneumonia when it put my Dad on a ventilator and he never recovered. it weakened his immune system and even after he beat it he never made it out of the hospital and succumbed to other things that eventually led to a stroke.

      4 years ago