Oprah thought she wouldn’t live past the age of 56 – here’s why!

Cape Town - The queen of talk thought she’d die at the age of 56.

During her recent interview with People magazine, Oprah Winfrey revealed her fear.

"I used to have this dream that I was going to be dead at 56, so the year I turned 56 I was filled with dread," she said.

"I had only told one other person that I had a number in my head when I was going to die, and that was Gayle [King, her best friend]. Gayle said, 'What’s the number?' I said, 'I'm not going to tell you, because you’ll drive me crazy and then I’ll end up dead.'"

When Oprah turned 57 in 2011, she could finally breathe a sigh of relief and later questioned why she believed her vision, Metro reports.

"When I got to 57, it was like, 'Why did all my life I think it was going to be 56?'

"At the time I started having this vision of 56. It was when I was in Milwaukee and I was trapped in a world where I could see how dire it was," she said.

The now 66-year-old also said to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres that she was recently extremely sick with pneumonia, Forbes reports.

"Pneumonia is nothing to play with, y’all," the philanthropist told Ellen.

"It’s serious. I was on antibiotics for a week and the antibiotics weren’t working. And then I go back for another CT scan and they go, 'It’s actually worse. You should see a lung specialist.'"

(Sources: People, Metro, Forbes)