Whoopi Goldberg reveals she almost died after suffering from pneumonia

Whoopi Goldberg arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 28, 2016. PRESS ASSOC
Whoopi Goldberg arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 28, 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 28, 2016. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: PA Wire/PA Wire

Whoopi Goldberg has said she came “very close to leaving the Earth” after suffering from pneumonia.

The Oscar-winning actress, 63, is a presenter on US daytime talk show The View, although has not appeared since February 6.

Her co-presenter Joy Behar explained her absence by saying she was “not feeling well”.

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg has revealed she almost died after suffering from pneumonia (Tom Haines/PA)

During a video message on the show on Friday, Goldberg provided further details and explained she had nearly died after having pneumonia in both lungs as well as suffering from sepsis.

Goldberg, who won the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role as an eccentric medium in Ghost, said: “Yes, I came very close to leaving the Earth.

“Good news, I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying. Even people who aren’t huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice thing about me.”

Addressing her fellow panellists on The View, Goldberg said she was excited to return and told viewers she would “see you soon”.

Goldberg has enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood and is one of the 15 artists to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.

Her film roles include 1985’s The Colour Purple, 1992’s Sister Act and 1993’s Made In America.

She was the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting.

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