Ex-“Storage Wars” star Dave Hester is once again belting “Yuuuuuup!” at storage locker auctions … but he needed months of intense therapy to get there.
Dave tells TMZ … it was back in November when he woke up one night feeling sick and having trouble breathing. His GF rushed him to the hospital in Newport Beach, CA, where he suffered a hemorrhagic stoke.
Dave tells us he spent days in the ICU and was then transferred to a live-in rehab facility for a month. The famous auctioneer — arguably the face of A&E’s popular show — suddenly went from hunting down forgotten treasures in storage lockers to learning how to walk again and do the most basic functions — like shower.
He’s not fully recovered yet, but he’s working with neurologists and other medical professionals to get back in shipshape condition.
Whatever his limitations … they aren’t enough to keep him from his auctioneer duties.
Dave’s not the only OG cast member who has suffered health recently. As we reported … ex-costar Darrell Sheets was hospitalized earlier this year after a heart attack and fan-favorite Barry Weiss is still recovering from multiple surgeries following a terrible motorcycle crash.