Veteran actor John Cleese is relishing being alive - after his chauffeur fell asleep and narrowly avoided a fatal crash "by about a second".

The Monty Python comic, 65, is now enjoying life to the full after he almost died when his sleeping driver almost crashed into another vehicle at high speed.

Cleese says, "I nearly died the other day. I was in a car travelling at 75 or 80 miles per hour and I realised my driver had fallen asleep.

"So I shouted at him and I think we avoided being killed by about a second.

"So it just shows that life's all a little more fragile than you think."

23/12/2004 13:51