Whoopi Goldberg Says She Nearly Died From Pneumonia

Whoopi Goldberg revealed on "The View" Friday that she had been absent from the show for a month because she had come "very close" to dying from pneumonia. It was a reminder to know the symptoms of the serious illness and how to treat it. Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs, sometimes causing them to fill with fluid or phlegm. Common symptoms include chest pain with breathing or coughing, fever with sweating or shaking, and shortness of breath, according to the Mayo Clinic.