Sharon Stone’s been to heaven and back.
Well, that’s what she told Closer Weekly. In the magazine’s latest cover story Stone, 58, described having an out of body experience after suffering a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage in September of 2001.
“I feel that I did die,” said the Mothers and Daughters actress. “This kind of giant vortex of white light was upon me and – poof! I sort of took off into this glorious, bright-white light.”
Stone, who first made her mark in Hollywood as the star of 1992 erotic thriller, Basic Instinct was living in San Francisco with now estranged spouse Phil Bronstein when the hemorrhage occurred. Initially, Stone thought she had suffered a stroke and waited three days before she sought medical attention.
As a result of ailments sustained from the hemorrhage, Stone was unable to properly walk and talk, and took time off of her career to recuperate.
During her out-of-body experience, Stone said she started to see deceased friends. “I started to see and be met by some of my friends…people who were very, very dear to me [who had died]. I had a real journey with this that took me to places both here and beyond.”
She also expressed the impact the experience had on her life. “It affected my life so profoundly that it will never be the same again,” said the mother-of-three. She said due to the experience she gets to not be afraid of dying and can tell people dying is a gift.
“When death comes to you, as it will, it’s a glorious and beautiful thing. I had an incredible sense of well-being and sense that it’s just so near,” Stone added.
“Death-it’s very near and very safe. It’s not far away or a scary thing.”
“I feel like God kept me around for a reason.”