WHEEZ­ING WHOOPI’S FIGHT FOR SUR­VIVAL!

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WILT­ING Whoopi Gold­berg is locked in a make-or-break bat­tle to save her life, GLOBE can re­veal in a bomb­shell ex­clu­sive!

Sources tell GLOBE the sickly talk show queen, hos­pi­tal­ized ear­lier this year with crip­pling pneu­mo­nia, fears her re­cent 64th birth­day could be her last!

The news fol­lows an alarm­ing episode on her show The View, where she wheezed and splut­tered both on and off cam­era.

“Whoopi’s putting a brave face on things, but deep down she’s scared as all hell her lungs are go­ing to pack up on her,” says an in­sider. “Ev­ery­one knows what a tough cookie she is, but there’s a real fear her ill health has caught up with her and it could be fa­tal!”

Back in March, Whoopi, who has won Os­car, Tony and Emmy awards, re­vealed she al­most died from a bad bout of pneu­mo­nia — con­firm­ing an ex­clu­sive GLOBE re­port on her fight for life.

“I had pneu­mo­nia, and I was sep­tic,” she told view­ers. “Pneu­mo­nia in both lungs — which means there was fluid, there was all kinds of stuff go­ing on. And, yes, I came very, very close to leav­ing the earth. Good news, I didn’t!”

Two months later, her doc­tor re­vealed Whoopi’d had a 30 per­cent chance of dy­ing from the con­di­tion.

“She thought she’d beaten the odds, but it seems to have lin­gered, and the worry is that her lungs haven’t fully re­cov­ered,” adds the source. “Whoopi’s clearly still ex­tremely frail, and the way she’s con­stantly cough­ing has a lot of peo­ple wor­ry­ing the in­fec­tion could re­turn at any mo­ment!”

To cel­e­brate her re­cent birth­day, Whoopi threw a ritzy party in New York City, invit­ing close friends, in­clud­ing Tif­fany Had­dish, Jane Krakowski and Phyli­cia Rashad.

“I think throw­ing such a big bash was Whoopi’s way of go­ing out in style,” says the snitch.

“If this is to be her very last birth­day, she wanted it to be a cel­e­bra­tion to re­mem­ber!”

View queen’s lungs dam­aged The dif­fer­ence be­tween stu­pid­ity and ge­nius is that ge­nius has its lim­its. — Al­bert Ein­stein

Whoopi in­vited pals (from left) Phyli­cia Rashad, Jane Krakowski and Tif­fany Had­dish to her birth­day party

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