Actor Zac Efron, 32, contracted a serious medical illness, bacterial infection, while ﬁlming a survival mode series show titled “Killing Zac Efron” in Papua New Guinea just before Christmas.
Zac’s condition was severe. It’s unclear what it was but it may have been typhoid , a deadly bacterial disease that spreads through food and water contamination. Severe cases can cause intestinal hemorrhage. He was ﬂown to St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, and underwent treatment for several days. After, he was home with his family and friends for the holidays. fron’s latest project, “Killing Zac Efron,” was picked up by mobile video platform Quibi. The show is said to follow Efron “as he heads deep into the jungle of a remote, dangerous island, falling off the grid for 21 days.”
“I am excited to explore any uncharted territory and discover what unexpected adventure awaits,” Efron said in a statement at the time. While ﬁlming, Efron was reportedly only using basic gear and equipment, a guide partner and camera crew to ﬁlm the show. Efron was on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. In May 2015, his net worth was $18 million.