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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: