Orlando Bloom opens up about spine-crushing near death experience: 'Grateful everyday'

Orlando Bloom has opened up about the moment he suffered a spine-crushing fall, in a near-death experience. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor reflected on the life-threatening incident that occurred in 1998, in a post to social media. Sharing a throwback photo of himself riding a bike and smiling, Bloom […]

Orlando Bloom has opened up about the moment he suffered a spine-crushing fall, in a near-death experience.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor reflected on the life-threatening incident that occurred in 1998, in a post to social media.

Sharing a throwback photo of himself riding a bike and smiling, Bloom wrote, “That’s me in my back brace circa 1998 about three months after I fell three floors and crushed my spine, narrowly escaping death and paralysis.”

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He added, despite his serious injuries at the time, he was “grateful everyday” for his recovery.

Bloom added he appreciates his “limbs that allow me to push my limits and live life on my edge (safer now).”

The actor paired the post with a more recent image of him riding a bike with a friend.

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The Lord of the Rings actor previously discussed the incident with GQ explaining in a 2005 interview that the moment occurred while climbing a rooftop terrace with friends.

When the drainpipe he was scaling collapsed, Bloom fell three stories onto his back.

“Until then, I didn’t have a healthy appreciation for life and death — that we’re not invincible,” Bloom told the magazine.

“And for four days, I faced the idea of living in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I went to some dark places in my mind. I realised, I’m either going to walk again or I’m not.”

Bloom says at the time of the injury, doctors weren’t “sure” how “severe” damage to his spinal cord was.

“I remember him telling me that, and staring at the ceiling, thinking, I never stared at ceilings before! And I wonder if I’m going to be looking at ceilings for the rest of my life,” he said.

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The actor added the accident has since “informed everything in my life.”

“Until you’re close to losing it, you don’t realise. I used to ride motorbikes and drive cars like everything was a racetrack; it was ridiculous,” he explained.

“It wasn’t because I thought it was cool; it was just because I loved living on the edge. But I’ve chilled.”

Both Bloom’s wife Katy Perry and ex-wife Miranda Kerr, praised the star on his raw post.

“I love you,” Perry wrote, while Kerr added, “so proud of you.”

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