Zac Efron Almost Dies On Set of New Show


Former teen-heartthrob Zac Efron reportedly fell ill while filming his new show in Papua New Guinea and had to be life-flighted to Australia for treatment.

Producers allowed Efron to go to LA to spend the holidays with his family, but apparently he had to continue undergoing treatment while there. It’s unclear exactly what he was sick with, but reports suggest it could be typhoid, a serious and potentially life-threatening disease.

zac efron at a red carpet event wearing a dark suit

What Was Zac Efron Doing in Papua New Guinea, Anyway?

No, Efron wasn’t on a vacation or doing some rich celebrity getaway. He was actually filming his newest show, which is ironically titled “Killing Zac Efron.” Seriously, that’s the show’s title. Someone was very creative.

It feels very early 2010s, but the concept of the show is to basically drop Efron “deep into the jungles of a remote, dangerous island” (their words) for 21 days with nothing but basic gear… and a local guide. Doesn’t the local guide kind of kill the idea of survival?

Still, it sounds like something I would record and forget to watch.

When talking about the show in November, Efron said that he tends to “thrive under extreme circumstances and seek out opportunities that challenge me on every level … I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits!”

Zac Is Okay, Guys

Don’t stress – Zac Efron appears to be recovering from his maybe-typhoid scare. The media contacted the filming crew and the hospital where Efron was reportedly taken, but the only thing they can confirm is that a 30-something male was brought in.

That’s not enough.

Efron did share on Instagram that he was “sick” while in PNG, but had “bounced back” and was home for the holidays.

If it was typhoid, then he had to have contracted it by consuming water or food that was tainted by the fecal matter of an infected person. Yes, gross, we agree. It kills between 200,000-600,000 people each year and takes about 7-10 days to recover from once antibiotics and treatment begin.

Who Is Backing ‘Killing Zac Efron’?

Have you ever heard of the streaming service, Quibi? Yeah, neither have we – but it’s a new startup that is trying to change the way we stream and consume content. I know, we’ve heard that before, but it seems like they have some serious money to throw around.

The Efron show is backed by Quibi, which aims for short, bite-sized episodes of content. About 10 minutes each episode is the goal.

Other content Quibi is planning on hosting includes a Steven Spielberg horror show that is only available to stream at night, a gay “Pride and Prejudice” rom-com, and an HGTV-style show that looks at locations where infamous crimes and murders took place.

Quibi is set to launch in April, for $5/month with ads or $8/month without. So far, there’s not enough real info on it to make a determination… but c’mon, how many streaming services do I have to subscribe to?!