Bam Margera’s Family Provides Update On Former “Jackass” Star

Bam Margera’s Family Provides Update On Former “Jackass” Star
Original Photo Credit: Nikki Margera, CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this summer, TMZ reported that police were on the lookout for former “Jackass” star Bam Margera after he bolted from a Florida rehab facility that he wasn’t allowed to leave. The facility’s manager reported that Margera went missing, according to a Delray Beach police report. The manager said Margera was unhappy being there, and he said he would be checking into a different rehab center in the area. Days later, police found Margera at a Delray Beach hotel and escorted him back to the rehab center. TMZ reportedly obtained photos of him the day before he was found at a few bars close to his hotel.

He later went missing again, according to TMZ, after splitting from the LifeSkills residential facility in Deerfield Beach. Authorities later found him at a hotel and staged a crisis intervention that included his parents. Earlier this year, Margera completed a 12-month treatment program, and he also settled a lawsuit against the “Jackass Forever” film after being let go for failing to follow a contract prohibiting drug use. 

Since his escapes from rehab, there has been speculation that Margera was placed in a conservatorship, which led to the “Free Bam” movement out of concert he was being ordered to do things against his will. The Margera family addressed the “Free Bam” movement in a social media post, revealing that he is currently in treatment and sharing details on who is making decisions regarding his health care. 

“It’s no secret that Bam has struggled with mental health and addiction,” they wrote. “You’ve watched Bam grow up and supported him through his ups and downs. Our family has let you into the chaos that is our home, and we want nothing more than to continue this journey together. The ‘Free Bam’ movement has caused confusion and threat to Bam and our families. Although we love sharing our lives with you, some things need to be handled privately, and treatment is one of them.” 

“Recovery is difficult and even more so under public scrutiny. Despite rumors, Bam has never been in a conservatorship but rather a temporary healthcare guardianship for reasons not shared with the public. If Bam chooses to speak to this, he will when he is ready. The ‘Free Bam’ theorists have encouraged his exit from treatment, despite their lacking knowledge of the details, his health and well-being. We kindly ask you to respect the process and our family. As our extended family, we ask you to support Bam in his recovery, to stay on track and wish him well with his sobriety. With heart, The Margera Family.” 

The “Jackass” franchise and Margera share a close connection with hard rock, punk and heavy metal, having featured various artists in their shows and movies. Some of Margera’s favorite bands were featured in “Viva La Bam” including HIM, CKY, Cradle of Filth, Clutch, Turbonegro, Slayer, Gwar and more. Billy Idol also made an appearance on an episode. “Jackass” also had a close connection to rock and punk and even released compilation albums featuring bands used for the show. Artists featured on the show and in “Jackass” movies included Andrew W.K., Agent Orange and The Misfits, among many others.

Follow B.J.