Jenifer Lewis Talks Freak Accident After Near-Fatal 10-Ft. Fall From Balcony in Africa

At that moment, the legendary actor said she thought she was going to die.

Jenifer Lewis is reflecting on a scary moment when her life was on the line.

During her latest appearance on "Good Morning America," Tuesday (March 12), the legendary actress opened up about a harrowing experience, suffering a near-death fall while on vacation in the Serengeti region of Africa in 2022. Following her recovery, Lewis told Robin Roberts that this past year has been "the hardest" for her.

Before her trip, "Black-ish" had already wrapped its final season and to mark the milestone, Lewis was ready to return to her roots. "I was going to retire, move back home," she said. "I had traveled around the world and life was wonderful."

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At the end of the first day of her dream vacation in Africa, Lewis experienced a freak accident while taking in the scenery from her hotel deck where it was "pitch black."

“And I'm walking and all of a sudden, I had fallen 10 feet into a dry ravine full of boulders and stones and sharp rocks,” she said. “There was a space that was not sectioned off and there was no sign that said, 'Caution, 10-foot. drop.'"

"A lightning bolt went through my mind's eye ... in [the] pitch black, I didn't know I was falling," she explained. "It was hard to even take a big breath to scream."

"Did you think you were going to die?" Roberts asked Lewis. "I did,” she said.

"I didn't know you could be in that much pain and be alive," she continued. "I went from that high kick standing on my star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, five months later, I was on the ground of the Serengeti and that same leg couldn’t move."

Lewis's body was severely impacted from the fall.

"Nothing would move. So, I laid there, I said, 'Move your body, baby. Come on, Jenny. Move your body,'" she said.

Eventually, Lewis found strength to scream and got the attention of her friend.

But while awaiting help, she heard a lion roar.

"My last thought, because I am Jenifer Lewis, was, 'What a headline,'" she quipped. "'The king ate the queen: Pieces of Jenifer Lewis' body being flown back to the states.'"

Following the ordeal, Lewis now has a new world view.

"I have been humbled," she said. "I don't know what I'm supposed to do, but I do know that I have to earn being alive."

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