LOS ANGELES • He saw a perplexing yet soothing white light.
He heard angels too, actor Michael Douglas recalled about the time when he "almost drowned" while swimming in the sea when he was a University of California, Santa Barbara student in the 1960s.
"Then relaxation came over me as I faced death," USA Today quoted the 73-year-old as saying.
He was making the media rounds promoting the remake of Flatliners, which he produced.
The actor said he does not believe "in the afterlife".
"But 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," he added.
The remake of the 1990 sci-fi horror film stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna, who portray medical students experimenting with experiences to see what happens when people die.
Douglas is likely to be horrified by what many reviewers have said so far about the movie - it is deathly dull.