Alec Baldwin: I Thought Lyme Disease Was Going to Kill Me

Actor talks about his struggle at California benefit
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2017 1:00 PM CDT
Alec Baldwin: Lyme Disease Made Me Think 'I'm Going to Die'
In this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, Alec Baldwin attends a special screening of his film "Still Alice" in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Alec Baldwin had a busy weekend: Fresh off his latest turn as President Trump on Saturday Night Live, the actor was in California on Sunday at a Lyme disease benefit and talking about his own struggle with Lyme. After first getting bitten 17 years ago, he was bitten again a few years later. "I got the classic Lyme disease (symptoms) for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like this black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed," Baldwin said at LymeAid, per People. "The first time was the worst of all. And I really thought this is it, I'm not going to live. I was alone. ... I was lying in bed saying, 'I'm going to die of Lyme disease' in my bed and 'I hope someone finds me and I'm not here for too long.'" The talk wasn't all serious, however, with Baldwin joshing that "they had me hiding in the bushes over there at a Lyme disease benefit," and "I have ticks all over me. I'm joking." (More Alec Baldwin stories.)

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