In a lengthy Facebook post published late Wednesday afternoon, actress and comedian Sarah Silverman shared a shocking story explaining why she hasn’t “been around” lately. The long version? You can read it in full here. But the short version? She almost died last week.


Silverman says she’s “insanely lucky to be alive” after spending all of last week “in the ICU” of LA’s Cedars-Sinai hospital. She showed up seeking treatment for a run-of-the-mill sore throat, only to discover out she was battling “a freak case of epiglottitis,” which is an inflammation of “the flap at the base of the tongue that keeps food from going into the trachea.”

She says she “woke up 5 days” after being admitted to the hospital not remembering a thing, which led to a “paralyzing realization that nothing matters,” and then “the motivating revelation that nothing matters.”


In true Sarah Silverman fashion, she managed to pepper her terrifying story about almost dying with some moments of levity, writing:

Anyway there are some funny stories too. I couldn’t speak for a while and I don’t remember a lot of my “lucid” time, but Amy (the Zvi) told me I stopped a nurse - like it was an emergency - furiously wrote down a note and gave it to her. When she looked at it, it just said, “Do you live with your mother?” next to a drawing of a penis.

Michael Sheen had better be taking good care of her right now.

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