Bam Margera Is Reportedly Hospitalized And On A Ventilator

Former Jackass star Bam Margera has had an incredibly rough couple of years with numerous stints in and out of rehab. The performer’s health has been a serious concern due to his ongoing battles with addiction, but now Bam Margera is reportedly fighting pneumonia at a hospital in San Diego, and the situation is bad enough that he’s been placed on a ventilator.

TMZ is reporting that Bam Margera entered the hospital in San Diego earlier this week, and while there, he tested positive for COVID-19. The situation has progressed to the point that doctors felt a ventilator was needed. Margera is currently reported to be in the hospital ICU, but his condition is said to be stable. 

Margera has been in and out of court-ordered rehab multiple times this year alone. While the skateboarder and Jackass stuntman was considered to be on the road to recovery earlier this year He would frequently leave before being returned to the facility by police. In September, shortly after yet another return to rehab, he reportedly made friends with an attorney who believed he could get the Jackass performer out of court-mandated rehab and Margera has been out since then, despite reportedly not having completed the treatment that was ordered by the court.

While Margera has been out of rehab his health has continued to be a concern to his friends and family. A temporary healthcare guardian was reportedly set up as a way to help Bam, but it was incorrectly reported that Bam was under conservatorship, similar to what Brittany Spears had to deal with for years. A “Free Bam” movement was begun similar to the support Spears got from fans, though in this case it apparently led to the guardian getting harassed.  

Margera also had to hire an attorney in order to deal with custody issues regarding his son. Margera and his wife Nicole Boyd have separated and she’s seen at least some of the guardianship blowback as well. Instagram posts of their son contain many calls from supporters of Bam to end the guardianship.

Bam Margera’s legal battles have extended past rehab as his addiction problems reportedly led to him being removed from the cast of Jackass Forever, the most recent feature film. Margera sued several people involved in the production, but the case was eventually settled out of court. There are apparently no hard feelings from the Jackass cast regarding the lawsuit.

With Margera reportedly being in stable condition, it’s possible he will pull through this, though certainly the fact that he needed to be placed on a ventilator is not a good sign. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.