Former “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette has experienced a number of horrific health issues over the years, including one brought on by her most famous role.
Her fan-favorite character on “NCIS”, Abby Sciutto, was a forensic scientist, but Perrette was able to add a lot of flair to her work look by wearing punk and goth clothes under her lab coat. To give Sciutto an extra level of Gothic authenticity, Perrette dyed her hair black. Unfortunately, she suffered a severe allergic reaction to an ingredient in her hair color, PPD, and had to be hospitalized. “My right eye was almost swollen shut and the other half of my face was twice the size of my head,” she told ET. “If I get that wrong one more time, I could die.”
Perrette revealed she faced death again a year later when she was attacked by a homeless man outside her home. She shared her account of the harrowing ordeal on Twitter, revealing the man grabbed her arm and slapped her in the face. “Then he showed me how he wanted to kill me,” she wrote. But thankfully, he let her go after threatening Perrette’s life multiple times. The actress also tweeted a photo of herself in a hospital bed in 2019 — but didn’t reveal what landed her there — and now she’s opening up about another frightening experience that put her life on the line.
Pauley Perrette suffered a life-threatening stroke
On Sept. 2, Pauley Perrette shared a tweet that read, in part, “A year ago, I had a massive stroke.” In an interview with ET, she recalled waking up to find that one side of her body was missing at all could feel more. She called her doctor and he was told to go to the emergency room. “I was on a stretcher with a million things in my arms and a bunch of medical people rushing me somewhere,” she said of her recent hospitalization. Luckily she made a full recovery.
Perrette’s Twitter health update included a video. “Yes, I’m still here. How many times do I cheat death?” she said, before listing her other frightening and potentially life-threatening experiences, including surviving rape and domestic violence. In a previous tweet, she revealed that she was raped by a high school classmate, and according to Fox News, Perrette has accused her ex-husband, musician Francis “Coyote” Shivers, of molestation and sexual abuse.
The retired actor also mentioned suffering from food allergies. “I’m fatally allergic to herbs! It seems annoying, I feel annoying but I’d rather be annoying than be back in hospital or dead,” she tweeted in 2019. And her list of terrible misfortunes included her father’s tragic death from Covid -19 in 2021.” Yet still a survivor from the traumatic life I’ve been given thus far… And still so grateful, Still so full of faith, And ALWAYS HERE!” she wrote.