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Petersen, William - Describes his NDE



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Near-Death Experiences of the Hollywood Rich and Famous extracted from Jean Ritchie's book, Death's Door. 

William Petersen (1953-- ) is an American actor and producer who is best known for playing Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom in the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation which ran from 2000 to 2015. Petersen also starred in such films as To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Manhunter (1986).  Petersen had an NDE in the 1980's which he described in an interview for Playboy magazine (March 2004, page 139):

 "Years ago, doing a play in Chicago, I cut my finger in half onstage. We obviously had to stop because, well, I didn't have a finger. By the time they got me to the ER, I had lost a lot of blood and passed out. I could hear the doctors working on me, saying that they had lost my vital signs. I was on the All That Jazz escalator with a long tunnel and a lot of white light.

Then I specifically remember a dominant male voice saying, 'It's not your time. Get off the escalator. You've got shit to do.' I came to and got sewed up. Something in me changed, a sort of knowledge that somewhere on the Other Side, its good. For weeks, the more I talked about it, the more freaked out people got. Some of them were like, 'Okay, whatever: You took too many drugs.'" 

About his NDE, Petersen says,

 "And there was a great desire to get to the light. I could tell it was a great, great place. Full of love and peace and crap like that. You know, postcard stuff. I remember the whole rest of the night I was sort of blissed out by having seen that."


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Petersen, William

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