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'Still so grateful’: 'NCIS' star Pauley Perrette reveals she survived a massive stroke a year back

Pauley Perrette, 53, opens up about a massive stroke that she suffered a year ago, says she is 'still a survivor'
In a social media post shared Friday, the former 'NCIS' star Pauley Perrette shared a video with a moving caption (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Project Angel Food, Araya Doheny/Getty Images)
In a social media post shared Friday, the former 'NCIS' star Pauley Perrette shared a video with a moving caption (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Project Angel Food, Araya Doheny/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'NCIS' alum Pauley Perrette recently took to social media to share her experience to fans on going through a 'massive stroke' that she survived a year ago and is grateful for being alive. The actress announced her decision to retire from acting and quit on July 7, 2020.

The 53-year-old actress shared in a Twitter post, "One year ago I had a massive stoke," adding, "Before that I lost so many beloved family and friends, And daddy And then Cousin Wayne Yet still a survivor after this traumatic life I’ve been given so far… And still so grateful, Still so full of faith, And STILL HERE!"


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The 'NCIS' alum also posted a video on social media, in which she says, "How many times do I cheat death?" Pauley spoke about an incident in 2014 when she was hospitalized after suffering an allergic reaction to her TV character's black hair dye. She also spoke about a seperate incident in which she was attacked by a homeless man outside her Hollywood Hills home in 2015. She concluded the video saying, "and I'm still here."


Back in 2019, Pauley had shared a selfie of herself in the emergency room on Twitter. The actress wore a hospital gown while an IV stuck out of her other arm. She wrote in the caption, "Well this was my night! No worries, clean bill of health. Just a chance to wear a beautiful gown!"


Pauley Perrette initially started her career in the commercial space, doing voice-overs, music videos, and short films. After doing several appearances in television and work, she gained recognition for playing Abby Sciuto in 'NCIS', a police procedural television series. The show was about a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

On October 4, 2017, TV Guide reported that Pauley would be leaving the show at the end of Season 15, she made her final appearance in the episode 'Two Steps Back'.

In addition to acting, Perrette is an author, her short story 'Cheers...' appears in the anthology 'Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person'.

Meanwhile, Pauley said in an 2005 interview with Craig Ferguson, then host of The Late Late Show, about her lifelong crime obsession. Pauley is an undergrad student of sociology, psychology, and criminal science.

Pauley's last acting assignment was on the CBS sitcom 'Broke', which aired in 2020. She played the protagonist Jackie. In May 2020, 'Broke' was cancelled after one season.

The actress married Canadian actor and musician, Coyote Shivers in 2000. The couple parted ways four years later, and divorced in 2006. Pauley was granted restraining orders against him, as she alleged that Coyote subjected her to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse during and after their marriage.