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CDNN :: Actor Donald Sutherland: 'Scuba diving nearly killed me'

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Actor Donald Sutherland says he is not happy after a scuba diving accident nearly killed him.

HOLLYWOOD, California (2 Feb 2008) — Veteran Hollywood actor Donald Sutherland has revealed how he was struck by crippling chest pains – and feared he was going to die – after filming underwater scenes for his latest movie on the Great Barrier Reef.

The 72-year-old star was taken ill after returning to Los Angeles, where he lives, during a break in shooting Fool's Gold – a sunken treasure adventure starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson and Ewen Bremner.

"I was out at lunch with my wife, Francine, and I had a pain in my chest that you could not believe," said Canadian-born Sutherland, who gave up smoking and heavy drinking 40 years ago. "Every time I took a breath, I would scream. It was awful. "My wife drove me straight to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center...

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