Bam Margera has always been a little bit off the rails. From his first appearance on Jackass, he's been known for playing pretty gnarly pranks which always fell just on the right side of funny. But, in the wake of the death of his best friend, Ryan Dunn, in 2011, it seems like things have only been heading downhill for the skate star, including various stints in rehab and some very public meltdowns.
In recent months, he's been on a pretty consistent downward spiral, including an episode of screaming at his manager in public, then being begged by his family to return to a behavioral facility for his own safety. But his latest actions (which began after he was kicked off his flight for being drunk and disorderly) really don't look good for Margera, and the internet is feeling pretty worried.
Born in 1979, Brandon Cole Margera is better known as Jackass's Bam.He rose to fame on the prank and stunt television show, which first aired in 2000 as a television show, then went on to bring the world three hugely successful movies.
Bam was a fan favorite within the franchise.He was one of the youngest cast members and was loved for his mischevious charm and boyish good looks. But there was another reason that people loved Bam so much - his adorable relationship with best pal, Ryan Dunn.
But then, tragedy struck.
via: Getty ImagesIn 2011, Ryan Dunn was driving under the influence of alcohol and crashed his car in Pennsylvania. There were two fatalities - Dunn, and passenger, Zachary Hartwell.
Since losing his best friend, things haven't been going so well for Bam.
via: Getty ImagesHe's displayed persistently more and more erratic behavior, including increased reliance on drugs and alcohol, and pretty bizarre and frightening mood swings.
In recent months, he hit headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Bam Margera wylin out on his tour manager 😂 https://t.co/XGvXVi9x9M— rossi blue (@rossi blue)1552011256.0
After this March outburst, Margera was committed to a facility.
via: Getty ImagesHe was checked in for addiction issues and a suspected personality disorder. Reports state that this was against his will and at the insistence of worried family members.
But, since this incident, it appears that things haven't got any better.And the latest (very public) meltdown that Margera has suffered has got the public - and his old Jackass co-stars - deeply worried.
It appears that the trigger for the latest meltdown occurred this weekend.Margera was visibly intoxicated at the airport, which resulted in him being forcibly removed from his flight. Unsurprisingly, the rowdy star did not take kindly to this.
And since this, Margera has been letting it all out on his Instagram.
And things have only gotten worse from there.
He then continued to post a stream of horrifying videos.
Another Jackass co-star, Brandon Novak, then reached out.
He continued to air his conversation.
He then shared the video of him harassing an airline employee.
Margera was allowed to board the plane with an employee escort.
He then spoke directly to the camera.
Margera then shared more of his bizarre scrawlings.
He continued on this worrying trail.
His posts got more and more worrying.
He next shared a terrifying flow chart.
Then things took an even more frightening turn.
He tested his followers by sending them a message.
He then shared a more complex message.
Next, Margera posted another video.
He then went off on another strange tangent - this one, about religion.For anyone that is getting ready to type something negative, just think out side the box 🤔 the picture might look insane to a person who knows academic mathematics, but look at this as arabic, japanese, thai, spanish, latvian, ougadougadou, namibian, etc to you it looks f**ked up cause you dont know what it means. So your basically saying japanese are f**ked up? Lithuanians? Russians? You cant understand it if you didn’t learn it. Dummy."
He also hit back at claims that he was on drugs.
His next tangent?
He then went back to his Dr. Phil train of thought.
Margera then turns the target to his mother.
Margera then went on a long video rant.
Next, he turned on Brandon Novak once more.
He also claims that Novak isn't there for him anymore.
He also made some pretty out-there claims about his ex-friend.
He continued by saying that Novak lies about all his achievements.
He continued with his rambling about his ex-friend.
He then offered this handy diagram.
Margera also criticizes commenters.
He does have a sort of moment of self-reflection.
But he quickly lashes out once more.
Margera then proceeded to visit fans at Comic-Con.
He continues having strange interactions with fans.
Next comes ... this.
He then gets a bunch of fans in on the act.
Eventually, it seems Margera breaks through.
Margera then appears to hop on a flight.
He then gets into a car to be escorted to his flight.
Margera then appears to begin speaking in total riddles.
Margera becomes more and more irate.
The whole episode makes for some pretty scary viewing.
Next, Bam posted a picture with Jackass co-star, Johnny Knoxville.
He then bizarrely posts an image of him in hair and makeup.
Although his next post suggests that Margera is genuinely struggling.
He then claimed that his bizarre social media tirade was over.Off to dallas to get my brain evaluated! Thanks dr phil and michelle 24832199 my phone will be off for a while. Laterx♥️" Margera wrote. Many friends and fans commented on the post, offering well-wishes.
But he couldn't leave without one more outburst ...By the way i was evaluated and tested for alchol and drugs, the results were negative. Not drunk or drinking, and not on drugs either!!" This has left a few fans feeling a little skeptical.
Many ex-Jackass cast members have reached out to offer help to Bam.
via: InstagramIncluding this heartfelt message from Steve-O, who, himself, has struggled with addiction and mental health issues over the years - but is now clean, sober, and living his best life.
And early reports suggest that the Dr. Phil meeting was a success.Margera filmed with Dr. Phil in the Paramount Lot, and, afterwards, agreed to enter a rehab facility for some intensive treatment for addiction and personality disorders.
It's also reported that relationships are on the mend.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to reports, Bam's mom, April Margera, Skype called for a mediated conversation with Dr. Phil and her troubled son.
And that's not all.
via: Getty ImagesIt's claimed that Bam's estranged wife, Nikki Boyd, was actually on hand in person to speak to him and encourage him to get help - at the very least, for the good of the pair's shared child, Phoenix Wolf.