LOS ANGELES—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.
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. He was intubated 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.
“Eating healthy food is depressing, but it’s keeping me alive,” he said. “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.”
The 59-year-old, known as “The Hedgehog,” is one of the most recognizable adult performers ever, and his health crisis received worldwide attention.