Steve-O begs Bam Margera to get sober in emotional plea: ‘You’re dying’

TV personalities Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and Steve-O at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

TV personalities Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera and Steve-O at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. (Photo: Film Magic)

Steve-O dreads looking at his ex Donkey co-star, Bam Margera, dies before her eyes. In an emotional plea on Instagram, Steve-O implored his friend to quit drugs and “choose recovery.” Margera’s struggle with alcohol and drugs has been well documented over the years.

“Bam, last night you had your five year old son with you on stage at my show, and you were blessed with the chance to spend another day or two with him – then as soon as you left my show, you stayed up all night I’m charging…” Steve-O, who turns 15 sober next month, commented on Margera’s Instagram page. Margera shares his 5-year-old son, Phoenix, with his wife, Nikki Boyd.

“You say you want to be in a relationship with your child, but your actions guarantee the exact opposite will happen. I have taken you on tour with me in hopes that I can show you what is possible for you if you choose recovery,” Steve -O continued. The comedian said he “tried everything” he could to get through to his friend, “but I can’t force you to be honest and do the recovery work.”

Steve-O added, “I wish you knew how much I hated feeling ready for the news of your passing, but you’re making it clear I have no other choice. You’re dying, bro, and it sucks. There’s nothing I can do to save you.”

Steve-O has invited Margera to join his comedy tour after the latter revealed he was “declared dead” on Dec. 8.

“I didn’t know I had gnarly COVID and my body was shutting down. I had four seizures, each lasting 10-20 minutes. And on the fourth, I bit my tongue so hard I nearly dropped it. It got so swollen and swollen it didn’t fit in my mouth. And I was drinking the infected blood, which also gave me pneumonia,” Margera revealed on the Steve-O podcast Wild ride!. The pro skateboarder was hospitalized for eight days.

Margera’s battle with addiction has played out publicly in recent years. In 2022, he escaped court-mandated rehab and was reported missing. Even the entertainer’s wife publicly asked him to sober up.

Margera rose to fame as part of the Donkey franchise when it debuted in 2000. It was largely absent as of 2021 Donkey forever. Margera was fired from the project after testing positive for Adderall.

“We wanted him all through the movie, but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way. It’s really heartbreaking. I love Bam. We all love Bam. He’s our brother, you know? You just hope he takes responsibility to get the help he needs because we all care about him,” said Johnny Knoxville.

Margera sued the studio and Knoxville for wrongful termination, but the case was settled last year.

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