Pauley Perrette, former ‘NCIS’ star, shares heartfelt message following the experience of  ‘massive’ stroke

After several unpleasant incidents, Pauley Perrette bid farewell to her crime-solving role on ‘NCIS’ and redirected her focus toward comedy and philanthropy, particularly aiding both humans and animals in need.

Despite a long and prosperous career spanning various endeavors, Perrette’s journey nearly met a tragic end a year ago when she experienced what she described as a “massive” stroke, candidly sharing her experience via social media.

For 15 seasons, Pauley Perrette portrayed Abby Sciuto on ‘NCIS,’ though her departure from the show was marred by controversy.

In 2017, Perrette announced her exit from ‘NCIS,’ citing multiple physical altercations, reportedly straining her relationship with co-star Mark Harmon following a dog bite incident on set.

In a heartfelt farewell message on Twitter, Perrette expressed her love and gratitude for her character Abby, whom she portrayed for 16 years, acknowledging the profound impact the role had on her and her fans.

Parting ways with ‘NCIS’ after 15 years was an emotional experience for Perrette, who admitted to shedding tears daily during her commute to and from work as the end of her tenure approached.

Reflecting on her time on ‘NCIS,’ Perrette expressed immense gratitude for the experience, crediting the show and its cast and crew for healing and enriching her life.

While Perrette has chosen not to dwell on the controversies surrounding her departure, she remains appreciative of the opportunity to have portrayed Abby and the positive impact it had on her life.

Perrette found solace in the friendships she formed on set and returned to CBS with the comedy series ‘Broke,’ sharing her affection for co-star Michael Weatherly and expressing gratitude for the network’s support throughout her career.

Beyond her acting endeavors, Perrette demonstrated a commitment to philanthropy, establishing scholarships for female students pursuing criminal justice degrees, aiming to inspire future generations of women to enter STEM fields.

In addition to her advocacy for education, Perrette’s passion for animals led her to support various animal causes, evident both on and off screen with her ‘NCIS’ character frequently interacting with animals.

Perrette faced a significant health scare when she suffered a massive stroke, reflecting on the experience and emphasizing the importance of recognizing stroke symptoms and seeking immediate medical attention.

Now, a year after the stroke, Perrette is grateful for her recovery and seeks to raise awareness about strokes occurring at any age, encouraging everyone to educate themselves about stroke symptoms and the urgency of seeking medical help.

Throughout her journey, Perrette remains resilient and determined to live life on her own terms, prioritizing her well-being and personal fulfillment above societal expectations.