Jeremy Renner has revealed he wrote his “last words” to his family while lying in a hospital bed after a snow plough accident.
The 52-year-old Marvel actor spent time in an intensive care unit after he was accidentally run over by his own six-tonne plough on New Years Day.
The incident left him with more than 30 broken bones.
In a clip from an upcoming interview, Jeremy Renner: The Diane Sawyer Interview – A Story of Terror, Survival and Triumph, the actor breaks down in tears as he describes lying in hospital.
“So I’m writing down notes on my phone [which are the] last words to my family,” he said, speaking to Sawyer whilst sitting in a wheelchair.
Last week, another clip saw Renner reveal that he was “awake through every moment” of the ordeal.
But he said he would “do it again” as the plough was heading straight towards his nephew Alexander Fries, whose car Renner was trying to free from the snow.
Renner appeared emotional again when Sawyer mentioned he had said “I’m sorry” to his family in sign language.
Renner’s nephew was the only witness and began “screaming for help” after the crash as he did not have his phone, police said in a report.
“If I was there on my own, it would have been a horrible way to die and surely I would have, surely,” Renner said in the interview clip.
“But I wasn’t alone, [there] was my nephew, sweet Alex, and the rest of the cavalry came.”
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The interview will feature a recording of the 911 call made in the aftermath of the incident, in which Renner’s nephew thought he was dead.
Throughout his recovery Renner updated fans via social media, from an Instagram post days after the accident when he was “too messed up” to type to a recent workout video showing his rehabilitation exercises.
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“I chose to survive. That’s not gonna kill me, no way,” the actor said later in the interview.
“I’ve lost a lot of flesh and bone in this experience, but I’ve been refuelled and refilled with love and titanium.”
The interview is due to air in the US on ABC News on 6 April.