NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 1: Darius Rucker performs on NBC’s “Today” at Rockefeller Plaza on September 1, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by NDZ/Star Max/GC Images)

Recently, Darius Rucker opened up about the time Woody Harrelson saved his life in his memoir, Life’s Too Short.

Rucker shared, “At Woody’s, if you want to go swimming, you don’t simply slip on your trunks and dive into the pool. Way more complicated than that. We begin our swim by climbing down a jagged cliff — very slowly and carefully, inch by inch.” He continued, “I’m better than a decent swimmer. I’m a strong, confident swimmer.”

He added, “The current is ferocious. I feel as if some horrific giant squid has lashed itself around my body, circling and tightening its tentacles around my legs, dragging me under the water. I gulp and I gasp and I keep fighting. I fight and flail for I have no idea how long — ten minutes, fifteen — and then I hear a voice. Woody. I can’t see him, but I hear him. He’s not far.”

Rucker continued, “The words leak out of my mouth, one at a time, each syllable a tiny jab of air, causing me to gasp. I blow out a final burst of words. ‘This is it.'” He added, “All I know for sure is that somehow Woody pulls me out of the current and he and Kirk drag me back to the beach because here I am, twenty-five years later.”