A spokesman says porn star Ron Jeremy is recovering from surgery at a Los Angeles hospital after an aneurysm near his heart sent him to intensive care.
Agent Mike Esterman says in an email to The Associated Press that he and others were waiting for Ron Jeremy to awake Wednesday night after a smooth procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Esterman says the 59-year-old Jeremy had a heavy feeling in his chest and drove himself to the hospital, where diagnosed the aneurysm and put him in the intensive care unit.
While officially retired he still shows up in films and public events, and appeared in the reality TV series “The Surreal Life.”
According to his manager, the 59-year-old drove himself to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles yesterday morning after suffering severe chest pains.
Mike Esterman said: “He just felt chest pains, like a very heavy weight… He is being worked on for an aneurysm near his heart.”
He added that the emergency surgery “went smoothly,” adding that Jeremy “is now resting with complete privacy and no visitors.”
Mr Jeremy, who has starred in over 2,000 adult films, became a mainstream star by appearing on the American reality television series “The Surreal Life” in 2004, and by being featured in an advertisement by animal-rights advocates PETA.
In a Twitter posting on Wednesday on his official account, Mr Jeremy’s management said, “Please keep Ron in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.”
Nicknamed the “Hedgehog” for his short and hirsute body and known for wearing a large moustache, Jeremy’s memoir, “The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz,” was published in 2007.
According to the Daily Mail, Ron Jeremy was scoffing down honey glazed donuts at a rehearsal for a show based on legendary porn film Deep Throat the day before he was admitted to hospital with a life-threatening heart aneurysm.
The 59-year-old cult figure was due to have a cameo in his friend, Dave Bertolino’s play about the landmark 1970s adult movie when the high-calorie delivery arrived.
‘I was trying to steer him towards the vegetable platter. But you know what they say about Ronnie, he never turns down food or work,’ said Bertonlino.
Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, usually called Ron Jeremy, is an American adult film actor. Nicknamed “The Hedgehog”, he was ranked by AVN at number one in their “The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time” list. Ron Jeremy has also appeared in non-pornographic films, such as The Chase, Orgazmo, They Bite, The Boondock Saints, Crank: High Voltage, Girls Gone Dead and 54.
Ron Jeremy is the official spokesperson for the pay-per-minute pornographic website HotMovies.com. The operators of HotMovies also operate Jeremy’s website, located at RonJeremy.com. Ron Jeremy makes several annual appearances on behalf of HotMovies at events the world over, such as Exxxotica, AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and Venus Berlin.