Madonna spills on 'near-death experience' live on-stage as doctor 'who saved her life' is surprise guest at gig

Madonna spills on 'near-death experience' live on-stage as doctor 'who saved her life' is surprise guest at gig

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Lauren Williams

By Lauren Williams

Published: 07/03/2024

- 15:52

The Into The Groove singer was put into an induced coma back in June 2023

During her Celebration Tour on Monday night, Madonna paused her performance at the Kia Forum to look back at her health scare last year – opening up on the candid moment with her fans.

The singer was rushed to hospital after being found unresponsive as the result of what was determined to be a serious bacterial infection.

She was taken to the ICU and had to be intubated and later revealed that she was put into a medically induced coma as she battled for her life after going into lung and kidney failure.

The 65-year-old music icon sang a slowed-down version of Express Yourself and shared with the audience there was a special guest in the crowd.

She welcomed Dr David Agus and credited him for saving her life after she was hospitalised, before telling the story of her ordeal.

Addressing her loyal fans, she explained: “[In] Summer I had a surprise. It’s called… um… a near-death experience. Yes, and I’m not kidding. It was pretty scary.


Madonna shared her near-death experience with her fans


“Obviously, I didn’t know for four days, because I was in an induced coma. But when I woke up, the first word I said was ‘No.’ Anyway, that’s what my assistant tells me.

“And I’m pretty sure that God was saying to me, ‘Do you wanna come with us? You wanna come with me? You wanna go this way?’ And I said, ‘No. No’.”

Madonna noted that Agus had to “put up with so many entertaining phone calls from me” after she fell ill and couldn’t walk from her bed to the toilet without being in pain and having no energy.

She asked when she was going to “feel myself again” and when she could go on tour, leaving her doctor to simply reply: “Go outside in the sun.”


Madonna was surprised by her doctor who said saved her life


“'Have you seen my skin?’ His response, ‘Go outside in the sun. You need Vitamin D so your kidneys will keep working.’ I couldn’t put those two together. And I hate the sun, but I did it anyways, and it was so hard for me to walk from my house to the backyard and sit in the sun.”

The Vogue singer admitted she knew it sounded insane to many people but that was the only way she could describe how difficult it was for her to get up and do a simple task.

“It was a strange thing to finally not feel like I was in control. And that was my lesson to let go.”

She went on to talk about having to postpone her concert for three months and jokingly referred to her manager as a greedy b*****d for asking when she would be back on tour just hours after being taken out of the coma.


Madonna opened up on her near death experience


“They have a new plot to almost kill me again. When he said, ‘Well, when do you think you wanna go back on tour?’

“I took the oxygen out of my nose, I looked at him, and I said, ‘In two f***ing months!‘ … I swear to God, I just said it. And sometimes you just gotta say shit, put that out in the universe, and it happens. Are you with me, Los Angeles?” she signed off, according to Deadline.

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