Zac Efron has narrowly escaped death after being struck down with a serious infection while filming his new TV show in Papua New Guinea, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The 32-year-old was filming a documentary series called Killing Zac Efron when he came down with a ‘form of ­typhoid or similar bacterial ­infection’ just before Christmas.

Efron was reportedly flown to Brisbane and has since flown home to the US.