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Actor/director Ron Jeremy arrives at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on January 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Ron Jeremy, one of the biggest names in pornography, has undergone surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a near-heart aneurysm on Wednesday.
Described by Heeb as "everyone's favorite porn-star turned avuncular pop-cultural icon," the former special education teacher from Queens experienced chest pains and drove himself to the hospital, where he was prepped for emergency surgery after his condition was deemed critical.
Fox is reporting that the 59-year-old adult film star's procedure "went smoothly," and that he's "resting with complete privacy and no visitors," according to rep Mike Esterman.
Management sent the message "Please keep Ron in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery" to his more than 25,000 Twitter followers (along with hashtags #PrayForRon and #Rontourage) earlier in the day. Later, an official statement confirming the initial TMZ report was posted on RonJeremy.com:
RON JEREMY is in a L.A. hospital being treated for an aneurysm that was located near his heart. He is currently in surgery and in good hands. There is NO OFFICIAL report on his condition at this time. We will update his fans and well-wishers as we get proper information from his doctors. Ron greatly appreciate all the emails and phone messages and will make sure to pass on any updates to his fans as it becomes available. - Ron’s Management Team
History of a huge talent
E! News reports that his professional achievements have been recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records and scored him a spot in the "adult-film trade publication AVN's list of 'The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time.'"
In 2007, the NYT Book Review attempted to explain the mainstream interest in Jeremy, saying that his 2007 memoir, The Hardest (Working) Man In Showbiz, "makes the case that its author is more than a mere sex machine."
Educated at Queens College, he studied Stanislavsky and Brecht. He describes himself as a nice Jewish boy who never smoked, hardly drinks and loves his parents. “My youth was almost unreasonably happy,” he writes, “like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting.” He was the class clown and a beloved hotel waiter during summers at a Catskills resort; he was kind to his dying mother and is a “big softy” when it comes to stray animals in need.
One of his most endearing qualities is that he knows he is not a handsome demigod. “I got older and fatter and my already hirsute body sprouted hair like a Chia Pet. ... I was short and chunky and undeniably furry” — all of which earned him an industry nickname, the Hedgehog. Except for his member, he has the looks of Joe Average, which perhaps helps male viewers of his movies better identify with his on-screen exploits.
Reaction: Twitter's get-well wishes (NSFW)