Jeff Bridges Was on “Death’s Door” While Fighting Cancer and COVID-19

Jeff Bridges knows he’s lucky to be alive today.

In 2020, the Oscar winner shared with his followers that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma. But shortly after hearing good news from doctors that chemotherapy was working, Jeff tested positive for COVID-19 before vaccines were available.

“The chemo wipes out your immune system and when COVID hit me, I had nothing to fight it,” Jeff exclusively told E! News. “I was just really at death’s door a couple of times there.” 

During his health scare, which resulted in being in the hospital for more than four months, the 72-year-old questioned if he would ever get to work on the big or small screen again. He also feared he wouldn’t be able to walk his daughter Haley, 36, down the aisle.

“I remember the doctors saying to me, ‘Jeff, you gotta fight,'” he said. “I had no idea what they were talking about. I thought, ‘Man, I’m in surrender mode here.’ With a great medical team, great trainers and my family, everybody brought me back.”

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