SiriusXM host Howard Stern is usually straightforward, whether it comes to his views on issues or his personal life. But his new book, Howard Stern Comes Again (out on May 14), touches on things he has never spoken about before.
At 65, the host is remarkably healthy. He is fit, eats well, and exercises regularly, but it didn’t prevent the biggest scare of his life so far: for nearly a year, Stern thought he was going to die.
On May 10, 2017, he took an unexplained day off and worried his listeners. It had never happened before, was something wrong with him? Fans had some pretty wild theories about his mysterious absence, but Stern put them at ease a few days later, explaining it was just the flu. Except it actually wasn’t.
What happened to Stern?
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 65-year-old spoke about some candid revelations in his upcoming book and finally opened up about the true cause of his absence on that day in 2017.
In the months before that day, Stern had one doctor’s appointment after the other. A routine test showed a low white blood cell count, and further tests showed a growth on his kidney. The odds that it was cancerous were 90%, doctors told the host.
Speaking to THR, Stern emotionally recalled how he felt in that moment:
And now all I'm thinking is, 'I'm going to die,' and I'm scared sh**less.
So, on May 10, 2017, Stern had a surgery. Only his wife Beth, his three daughters, and a few other close people knew what was really going on.
Fortunately, the procedure was a success – the growth on his kidney turned out to be an innocuous cyst. The host and his family could now breathe out a huge sigh of relief, but the scare has been truly life-changing: now, Stern never takes his life and good health for granted.