‘Death is coming back for all of us’: William Shatner, 91, says he ‘doesn’t have long to live’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: William Shatner went candidly discussing his life and the time he left behind. The 91-year-old will soon be seen in a documentary titled “You Can Call Me Bill,” which will show his “personal journey over nine decades on this Earth,” IMDb said. He also added that the documentary “takes off all the masks he wore to embody countless characters and reveals the man behind it all.”

While talking about his new project with Variety, Shatner revealed why it’s important to him. He shared, “I have already turned down many offers to do documentaries. But I don’t have long to live. Whether I’m collapsing as I speak to you or in 10 years, my time is limited, so that’s really a factor. I have grandchildren. This documentary is a way to reach out after my death.

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“I feed my mind”

The veteran star went on to say that through the documentary he’s “trying to figure out something I’ve never said before or find a way to say something I’ve said before in a different way, so that I can explore this truth more. I read all the time, newspapers and books. I feed my spirit. The sad thing is that the older a person gets, the wiser they become, and then they die with all that knowledge. And here we go. It’s not like I’m going to take my ideas or my clothes with me.

William Shatner attends the 18th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on June 02, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

“Today there is someone rummaging through some of my clothes to give away or sell, because what am I going to do with all these costumes I have? What am I going to do with all these thoughts? What will I do with 90 years of observations? The butterflies of extinction will devour my brain like they will devour my clothes and everything will disappear,” Shatner added.

The ‘Star Trek’ star also reflected on the death from an actor’s perspective. He said: “There was a time when actors, and I include myself in that, portrayed death as you fell to the ground and your eyes twinkled and you collapsed and then you died. That’s not how you die.

Blue Origins Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations Audrey Powers (L) watches Star Trek actor William Shatner greet the media during a press conference on Blue's New Shepard airstrip Origin after their flight into space on October 13, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas.  Shatner became the oldest person to fly in space during the ten-minute flight.  They flew aboard mission NS-18, the company's second manned spaceflight owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Blue Origins Vice President of Mission and Flight Operations Audrey Powers (L) watches Star Trek actor William Shatner greet the media during a press conference on Blue’s New Shepard airstrip Origin after their flight into space on October 13, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas. Shatner became the oldest person to fly in space during the ten-minute flight. They flew aboard mission NS-18, the company’s second manned spaceflight owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“Death is coming for us all”

He then allegedly showed how a person takes their last breath. The Canadian native said, “Have you ever put down a dog? When I have to put a dog down and I’m at the vet, I cut my dog’s head off and say, “I’m with you baby, I’m with you.” And the injection comes in and the dog looks at me lovingly, and that’s it. You don’t know they’re dead.”

Actor William Shatner speaks during the opening of the new Rocket Lab factory on October 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.  The new building includes a new Mission Control Center, which will oversee launches from Rocket Lab's Mahia Peninsula launchpad and chief executive Peter Beck said 16 flights are planned for next year.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Actor William Shatner speaks during the opening of the new Rocket Lab factory on October 12, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The new building includes a new Mission Control Center, which will oversee launches from Rocket Lab’s Mahia Peninsula launchpad and chief executive Peter Beck said 16 flights are planned for next year. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

“That’s how you die. It’s abrupt. My wife’s brother came out of the living room and into the bedroom. There was a dull noise. His wife came in and he was dead. Death comes again for all of us,” Shatner concluded.

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