David Arquette on How a Near-Death Experience Changed The Course of His Life

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David Arquette is opening up about a near death experience after being accidentally stabbed in the neck with a cylindrical light bulb during a so-called “death match” with Nick Gage.

“I thought I was dying,” David told People magazine. “I got out of the ring and I was totally lost. I couldn’t see and I couldn’t hear.”

The fight is featured in the new documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette, available on demand on August 28.

The actor was rushed to the hospital where he received stitches and surgery. It eventually became a wake-up call, and he was able to finally come to terms with a past that had haunted him.

“There was a certain carefree, daredevil aspect about the way I lived life previously,” he said. “But I didn’t want to die. With the death match, I was doing it on purpose. I was feeling pain to numb pain. Afterwards, I realized I needed to be kind to myself.”

“I learned to love myself,” he continued. “I had to stop being self-destructive and making choices that were throwing bombs.”

Read the full interview at People.