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Reports came out this weekend that Zac Efron nearly died while shooting his new series Killing Zac Efron in Papua New Guinea after he contracted a typhoid-like bacterial infection. The actor was flown to an Australian hospital, where he was treated, according to the Australian Associated Press; he went home to the U.S. on Christmas Eve.
Now, Efron is speaking out to make it clear to everyone that yes, he did get sick; yes, he did get treatment; but rest assured, he is doing okay. “Very thankful to everyone who has reached out,” he started his post. “I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!”
Killing Zac Efron, an upcoming Quibi series, was announced in November. According to Deadline, the series had Efron venturing “‘deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island to carve his own name in expedition history.’ In true Man vs. Wild fashion, Efron is ready to go all-in and rid himself of all luxuries, falling off the grid for 21 days with nothing but basic gear, a guide partner and a will to survive.”
In a statement when the series was announced, Efron expressed his excitement for the project…one that would ultimately put him in the hospital temporarily. “I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level,” he said. “I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!”