Ricky Gervais shares cancer fears after enduring the ‘worst illness of his life’

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Funny man Ricky Gervais worried fans when he tweeted to his 15.1 million followers about suffering from what he described as the “worst illness of his life”.

Now he has opened up about the incident in an online Q&A where he described all the gory details of the incident and explained how he feared the worst.

 “What happened was, it was Wednesday night, about 1am, and I had a pain in my side that woke me up – like a shooting pain. It was like ‘Aaaaah’. That never happens,” he began.

The self-confessed hypochondriac, 61, then explained how his mind immediately went to a dark place.

“It was like, ‘Ooh, what was that?’ Then it happened again. My first thought was obviously – liver cancer, right?”

The star has admitted to daily drinking and feared that it had finally caught up with him.

“In the middle of the night, you’re convinced – that it is, I’ve blown it, you know?” he commented.

“I got another pain, and it was, ‘Oh, oh God.’ And I felt sick. And I went to throw up and couldn’t. So I thought, ‘Oh, maybe it’s stomach cance

“And then I couldn’t be sick – there was nothing there. Then the pain of the vomiting was incredible, there was an intensity. You forget how bad vomiting is – you forget just how f*****g awful,” he emphasised.

“I mean, never mind the illness and thinking you’re going to die – I can’t breathe. And I think I’m going to choke. And I think I’m not going to get my breath back in between each spasm.

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Despite the dramatic internal dialogue afta while he realised what was actually wrong with him.

“I started sweating, and cold sweating. And I thought, ‘What is this.’ Then I thought, ‘Ah – coronavir’ve had it before,” he revealed.

The realisation didn’t prevent yet more paranoia kicking in though, and he became convinced he had been the victim of a Salisbury-style poisoning.

“I just thought, ‘Well, it could be – you never know’. Someone might have been walking behind me with a bit of plutonium, onc

While Ricky was outlandishly self-diagnosing at the time of his original tweens suspected he had a nasty norovirus which had been doing the rounds.


His original message read: “I’m not well today. In fact I’d say I just lived through the worst  hours of illness of my life. 

“Severe abdominal pains, vomiting every time I moved, (but only tiny bits of bile), hot sweats and chills, oh, and I really want to know who planted the 12 gravy bombs up my a**e.”

He later returned to the site to share the latest information on his illness with his fans.

 “Update: I’m out of bed and I’ve had a bath,” he wrote.

“Feel weak and annoyed that I wasted a whole day, but that is a huge improvement on believing that I was definitely going to die. Thanks for all your well wishes.”

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