Former Hollyoaks actor Andy Newton-Lee was seen flying back to the UK just days after revealing he had been placed in a medically-induced coma in Los Angeles.
The 38-year-old seemed relaxed as he pulled his luggage along at LAX airport, smiling for the cameras.
Lee, who had been in LA for business, admitted having developed a cough that lasted eight weeks, and coupled with stress, he became violently ill.
On 23 May he was found by a passer-by after he collapsed at the wheel of his car after parking by the ocean near his home.
He was swiftly taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and put into a coma.
‘I’ve been really run down and stressed for a bit with my business. I’ve had a cold and the flu but I thought I was just run down,’ he explained to Hull Live.
Lee felt ‘very erratic’ when he came to on the Wednesday, but added that he feels ‘much better’.
‘It’s definitely a wake up call to anyone who has respiratory problems,’ he added.
He also admitted that he had ‘stopped taking Adderall’ – a drug prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The actor told The Sun that he believed the drug, which is legal in America but illegal in the UK, had a detrimental impact on his health.
He said: ‘I remember seeing white lights and feeling my body going up and down – I honestly think I was close to death…
‘I remember taking three Adderall tablets that day and I think that combined with the pneumonia, doing hot yoga twice a day, being dehydrated, being tied – it just caused me to pass out.’
The actor played Robbie Flynn on Hollyoaks from 2003 to 2004, and Stacey Merrick on Casualty from 2005 to 2008.
He also had a role as Liam Strong on Coronation Street in 2003.
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