Adult actor and pop culture icon Ron Jeremy has been released from the hospital, almost three weeks after undergoing emergency surgeries for a heart aneurysm.
Ron Jeremy reportedly showed off his surgical scar on his chest, to reporters from the New York Daily News, adding, “I came very close to death. I guess I have a very, very strong will to live.”The AVN Hall of Famer, who has appeared in more than 2,000 movies throughout his 30-plus years career, drove himself to Cedars-Sinai earlier this month after experiencing chest pains and underwent two surgeries the next day for a heart aneurysm.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Ron Jeremy was incubated and unconscious for several days, but is reportedly well on the road to recovery now. He even told reporters he has plans to change his eating habits, and has lost 45 pounds since being admitted to the hospital.
The 59-year-old, known as “The Hedgehog,” is one of the most recognizable adult performers ever, and his health crisis received worldwide attention.
The NYDailyNews reports:
Porn legend Ron Jeremy has dropped his hospital gown.
The hirsute horndog quietly checked out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center a little over a week ago and is convalescing at a Hollywood hotel after back-to-back emergency surgeries for an aneurysm near his heart, the Daily News has learned.
“I came very close to death,” Jeremy told The News Tuesday. “I guess I have a very, very strong will to live.”
The Queens-bred star of “Terms of Endowment” and “High Heels, Low Standards” said he felt tingling in his hands, pain in his back and the sensation he had an “elephant sitting” on his chest when he drove himself to the southern California emergency room Jan. 30 – just hours before he was due to board a plane for his sister’s wedding.
“I was hoping to God it was indigestion, but I had an aortic dissection like what killed John Ritter,” he said, referring to the “Three’s Company” actor who died in 2003.
Ron Jeremy reportedly showed off his surgical scar on his chest
“The doctor said to me, ‘Your tissue is starting to split right now. If you get on a plane, you’re done,’” Jeremy said.
He was told there was a 20% chance he’d die from the surgery. “I said, ‘Well, doctor, don’t let me die,’” he recalled.
The world-famous fornicator said he didn’t have a rabbi to call, so he phoned his unlikely pal Craig Gross, the founder of XXXchurch.com, a nonprofit Christian website dedicated to fighting porn addiction.
“You might think we hate each other’s guts, but we’re friends,” he said of Gross, noting the many times they’ve debated in public.
Jeremy, 59, blamed his hypertension, sleep apnea and poor diet for his medical woes.
“I dropped the ball. I was eating too many rolls and bagels and stopped checking my blood pressure. I’m a blithering idiot,” the most celebrated porn actor of his generation told The News.
Ron Jeremy vows to eat more healthily
He said he’s lost 45 pounds since the start of his harrowing ordeal and plans to keep it off with a strict diet of fish, chicken and vegetables — and no salt or processed carbohydrates.
“Eating healthy food is depressing, but it’s keeping me alive,” he said, adding that he and his prolific member plan to return to light TV and film work and personal appearances by mid-March.
“We gave you a Rolls-Royce, and you turned it into a Volkswagen,” the smut superstar who graduated from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside recalled his dad saying.
“My dad is 94 and still going strong. He got mad at me for this. He jokes that he and my mom gave me the perfect body, and I screwed it up,” Ron Jeremy said.