Ron Jeremy, one of the most famous adult film stars in the world, is recovering from emergency surgery after suffering an aneurysm near his heart.
The 59-year-old was taken to a hospital in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday and a message about it was posted on his website (warning: Explicit content).
His manager told OTRC.com on Wednesday, January 30, that Jeremy underwent two surgical procedures. He quoted the actor's doctor as saying the "second surgery went smoothly" and that the actor is now resting with complete privacy and no visitors."
An aneurysm occurs when there is a bulge in the wall of an artery. If it gets too big, it can burst and cause bleeding, which can be fatal. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, most aneurysms occur in a person's aorta, the main artery that runs from the heart. Surgery and medication are used to treat them.
Men are more likely to suffer aortic aneuryms than women and their risk increases after age 65 and if they are smokers.
Jeremy, a New York native whose birth name was Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, began starring in adult films in the 1970s and has made more than 1,300 of them. He is currently working on three. Jeremy has also appeared in mainstream movies such as "The Chase" with Charlie Sheen, "The Boondock Saints" and "Detroit Rock City."
(Pictured above: Ron Jeremy arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2008. Credit: AP Photo / Matt Sayles)