Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ron Jeremy: Lucky to be alive; feeling well enough to call from hospital bed

Adult film legend Ron Jeremy is definitely improving. He is feeling so much better, he called TMZ (embedded) from his hospital bed on Wednesday.

Calling from Cedars-Sinai hospital, where he drove himself last week after feeling chest pain, Jeremy said he was feeling much better, and -- although he sounded a little tired -- cracked jokes with the hosts, and described how he would direct a porn scene from his hospital room.

According to Jeremy, his aneurysm, which was reported earlier was located near his heart, was caused by his high blood pressure and his weight. He saved his life by driving to the hospital last Tuesday; he said that if he had been told that if he had waited any longer than he did to see a doctor, he would be dead.

Jeremy had to have two surgeries to correct his aneurysm. An aneurysm is a localized, blood-filled balloon-like bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. If it were to burst, an aneurysm could result in severe hemorrhage, other complications or even death.

Ron Jeremy is 59; he will turn 60 on March 12. He was born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt. He was nicknamed "The Hedgehog" after an incident on the set of "Olympic Fever," shot in 1979.

Jeremy was ranked by AVN at number one in their "The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list. his entry on the Internet Adult Film Database lists over 2,000 films in which he has performed, and an additional 281 films which he directed.

He 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."

Apparently the hospital employees are well aware of his fame. Jeremy said that several of them have already asked for his autograph.

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