Bam Margera says he was robbed at gunpoint in Colombia

Bam Margera says he was robbed at gunpoint in Colombia

Professional skateboarder, Bam Margera, isn't in the headlines because he's been reported dead in yet another hoax - no, this time around. Margera has taken to Instagram to speak about how he was "robbed" at gunpoint in Columbia.

The 38-year-old, who shot to fame after appearing on MTV's Jackass, had just arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, when he jumped in a taxi outside of the airport. Speaking to his 1.6 million followers on Instagram, the Family Therapy star was understandably shaken.

"I just arrived in Cartagena alone and I took a taxi—a random one—from the airport to here. And I couldn't Spanish, they couldn't speak English, and they translated on their phone for me to read, 'Empty your wallet,' as they put a gun on their lap to show it to me," he said. "So I did, and I had $500. They let me go. That was weird. Welcome to Colombia!" he told his followers.

In a follow-up video, reported by People and other media outlets, Margera cracked open a can of Club Colombia beer. Now, that not seem like such a big deal. If you've ever been mugged, or had an awful experience while traveling, you might grab a beer to unwind as well. However, for Margera, it was a big deal, because he had been sober for nearly eight months.

"Sober since January 10th, this is how you open a beer being alone, bored and robbed," he reportedly captioned the post. "Anyone in Cartagena I will be sitting at the center square at high noon tomorrow with my skateboard if u wanna cruise." (This video appears to have been removed from Instagram.)

Bam Margera Credit: Getty

Margera has been open about his struggles with alcohol abuse. In 2011, his best friend and Jackass co-star Ryan Dunn died in a tragic car crash. Rattled, Margera abandoned his skateboarding career and slipped down a dark path of heavy drinking.

"At its worst, I would probably just wake up around 11 AM and instantly start drinking vodka and purple Gatorade," he told VICE. "By the end of the night, I would probably have ten pints worth of it. It was pretty bad. It was weird, because there would be times where I would go on a three-day bender of drinking and then five days of not drinking. When that five days ended, I would go on a two-day bender."

Last fall, Margera attended a surprise Jackass reunion at bar in Hollywood. The drinks were flowing all night, but the epic celebration had a miserable ending. The Viva La Bam star decided to drive home, and was arrested for driving under the influence.

"Long story short, as I drove away from the party, not knowing where I was headed, I pulled over to try and figure it out," he told Revolver. "That's when I noticed the police lights behind me. I was like, 'F*ck, I'm pulled over.' As it turned out, the police had actually pulled someone else over right behind me, and then came to my car to see why I was just sitting there. I had nothing to do with it, but I stayed there until I had something to do with it. So yeah, I had the pleasure of getting a DUI that night that led to my being in a treatment center for a month."

After treatment, Margera made a triumphant return to skateboarding. He credits his wife, Nicole, and his one-year-old son Phoenix Wolf, for helping him reach sobriety. Hopefully he'll be able to control himself in Colombia, despite the awful experience of being robbed.