Actor Michael Douglas recently revealed that he once heard angels sing and saw a mysterious white light during a near-death experience; it happened when he nearly drowned back in the 1960s while swimming in the ocean. Douglas, 73, told USA Today that the scary situation unfolded when he was a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. But despite claiming to hear angels sing, Douglas said he isn’t a “believer in the afterlife.”

“I did hear angels singing, saw a white light and then relaxation came over me as I faced death,” he told the outlet, going on to explain what he believes happens when people report these experiences. “I do think we have a mechanism in our brain that takes over and makes it easier to accept the inevitable during the process of dying.”  READ MORE