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Comedian Bob Mortimer recalls 'white light' during near-death experience

By T.K. Randall
March 15, 2024 · Comment icon 4 comments
Reeves and Mortimer.
Mortimer (right) with comedy partner Vic Reeves (left). Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Hanna Pike
The popular British comedian experienced something profound while undergoing heart surgery.
Best known for his wacky brand of comedy and his double-act with fellow British comedian Vic Reeves, the 64-year-old is something of a household name in the UK.

Back in 2015, he was told by doctors that his arteries were almost completely blocked and that he was going to need extensive surgery in the form of a triple heart bypass to address the issue.

The prospect of undergoing the operation obviously had a profound effect on him as he made the decision to marry his girlfriend of 22 years, Lisa Matthews, on the day of his admission to hospital.

Then, while undergoing the surgery, he had a near-death experience.

Speaking recently on Kathy Burke's Where There's A Will, There's A Wake podcast, he described witnessing a tunnel and a light as well as feelings of peace and happiness.
"I did see the light at the end of the tunnel," he said.

"I experienced going towards the light and feeling happier than I have ever felt, ever."

"It was quite extraordinary, and then I woke up a day later and I was OK. I thought, 'This is great. I no longer fear death and everything'."

Later, however, he received a number of letters from people who tried to convince him that his experience had a physical, rather than metaphysical, explanation.

"Loads of people wrote to me and said, 'It's because your body gives out loads of PCT, some chemical to get you through that and it gives you these hallucinations'," he said. "I was a bit sad about that."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 1 month ago
'It's because your body gives out loads of PCT, some chemical to get you through that and it gives you these hallucinations'," Ahh, sweet materialism: where would my profound lack of guilt be without you?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Emma_Acid 1 month ago
When the white light takes Bob Mortimer, we riot. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by C L Palmer 1 month ago
So can they give people PCT intravenously and simulate this phenomenon? It seems that theory would be reproducible in a lab. I've heard the theory, but it doesn't explain many of the facets of everybody's experiences.
Comment icon #4 Posted by DayoOlabisi 1 month ago
yeah isn't it interesting how a strange phenomenon while dying is somehow chalked up to an evolved mechanism, while evolved mechanisms are supposedly all related to survival?

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