NCIS star Pauley Perette 'cheated death' after suffering 'massive stroke'

Lottie O'Neill September 6, 2022
NCIS star Pauley Perette 'cheated death' after suffering 'massive stroke'


NCIS icon Pauley Perette has opened up over suffering a life-threatening stroke in 2021. She added she is feeling “grateful” and “full of faith” having survived the ordeal.

The 53-year-old revealed she suffered a “massive stroke” on Twitter last week.

She called herself a “survivor after this traumatic life” she has been given so far, and explained how it wasn’t her first brush with death.

NCIS’ Pauley Perette’s life-threatening stroke

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The star tweeted: “It’s 9/2. One year ago I had a massive stoke 

“Before that I lost so many beloved family and friends …Yet still a survivor after this traumatic life I’ve been given so far.”

In the post, she included a video where she looked at the camera and spoke of feeling grateful over surviving life-threatening events.

She also said she “almost died from a hair dye allergy” and referred to herself as a rape survivor.

“I’ve been through a lot in the last two years,” Perette added: “Things that are harder than having a stroke. But I’m still here. And I’m still grateful. And thank you, those of you who are my friends.”

The NCIS star married musician Francis ‘Coyote’ Shivers in 2004, but it came to an end four years later. Perette was granted a permanent restraining order against him after the break-up. People reports the court found his actions “frightening” towards the actor and called it “stalking”. Shivers reportedly violated the restraining order on two occasions and was sentenced to 90 days in prison in 2012.

The musician later attempted to sue his ex-wife over allegations of stalking and defamation. However, a California judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to file a proper lawsuit, and it was thrown out, writes Fox News.

Scary alleged attack on the street

It comes after the actress was allegedly attacked by a rough sleeper back in 2015.

At the time, the Broke star claimed on Twitter: “I almost died tonight”.

Perette explained she was walking near her home on a weekday afternoon when a man allegedly came up to her and attacked her. The suspect, later identified as David Merck, reportedly punched her in the nose, pinned down her arms and threatened he was “going to kill” her.

Merck was later charged with false imprisonment by violence, felony assault and making a criminal threat, and pleaded not guilty. However, he was later deemed incompetent to stand trial, writes Page Six.

The following year, a judge ruled he receive treatment at a psychiatric hospital. Merck was released from the hospital two years later.

If you have been affected by this story, you can contact the Rape Crisis team. Call 0808 802 9999 for confidential emotional support, open 12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm every day of the year. You can also contact Victim support on 08 08 16 89 111

You can contact the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, National Sexual Hotline. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1 (800) 656-4673. You can also contact the Department of Defense Safe Helpline for Sexual Assault on 1 (877) 955-5247.

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website. For the UK, you can visit the Refuge website here, or Women’s Aid.

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