Ricky Gervais nearly went to the After Life after choking on a smoothie.
The comic collapsed on the floor and struggled to breathe – sending his long-term partner Jane Fallon into a panic.
Ricky, 59 – who plays a suicidal widower in the Netflix smash – explains: “I was just going down to the hotel to film After Life and I had a smoothie.
“I must have coughed or breathed, and then I couldn’t breathe. I started choking and I couldn’t breathe and my throat closed up and I went on the floor.
“Jane was worried – and then eventually I got a little bit of air in.
“It was f*****g horrible. I thought I was going to die. That’s the closest I’ve come to dying… and it was drinking – drinking a smoothie.”
But Ricky has not been put off smoothies and says they will constitute his entire diet as he ages.
He adds: “I think smoothies are the future for when my teeth fall out because I can’t be bothered going to the dentist, or I just get bored of eating s**t and there’s nothing left to eat.”
The comedian constantly dwells on his death, recently revealing he wants his epitaph to read: “He was fat and he was funny… and then he died.”
He said he wants to die peacefully in his sleep “stuffed with food and wine”.
Ricky adds: “I think you could do a lot worse than have that as your legacy – I’d be very happy with that.
“‘He was fat and he was funny and then he died.’ That’s brilliant.
“That’s all they need to say on the news, ‘Ricky Gervais, the comedian who created The Office and After Life, has died peacefully, in bed, stuffed full of food and wine.
“He was fat and funny and will be missed by some people.”
Sounds like a good ending to me.