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Zac Efron issues statement after suffering 'deadly illness' in Papua New Guinea

The actor was rushed to hospital while filming new documentary series

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 30 December 2019 09:35 GMT
Zac Efron ‘rushed to hospital after contracting deadly illness’

Zac Efron has issued a statement after contracting what is said to have been a “deadly illness” in Papua New Guinea.

The actor was rushed to hospital before Christmas during filming of a new documentary series titled Killing Zac Efron.

He reportedly became ill with “a form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection” and was flown to Brisbane, Australia with medial professionals on hand.

Efron, who has now confirmed the news, was eventually given the all-clear to fly home to the US on Christmas Eve.

He wrote on Instagram: ”Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in PNG.

“I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern – see you in 2020!”

Efron’s adventure series was announced in November.

Killing Zac Efron will show the actor venturing “deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island to carve his own name in expedition history”.

Efron was said to be going off-grid for 21 days “with nothing but basic gear, a guide partner and a will to survive”.

“I tend to thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level,” he said of the challenge.

“I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits.”

Efron’s film credits include High School Musical, The Beach Bum and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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