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Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:30:00 GMT | By Felicity Thistlethwaite
Terrifying experiences of the stars

Sharon Stone

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Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone told American TV host Katie Couric about her brain surgery scare. The star said she almost died after an artery at the base of her skull tore and caused internal bleeding.

"When it hit me I felt like I'd been shot in the head. That's the only way I can really describe it. It hit me so hard it knocked me over on the sofa," Sharon said.

"This kind of giant vortex of white light was upon me and I kind of - poof! Sort of took off into this glorious, bright white light and I started to see and be met by some of my friends. But it was very fast - whoosh! Suddenly, I was back. I was in my body and I was in the room."