It looks like the Hedgehog is out of the woods.
Adult film icon and character actor Ron Jeremy put a serious scare into his fans on January 29. Jeremy, suffering severe chest pains, drove himself to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was diagnosed with an aneurysm near his heart. While Jeremy has been through two rounds of surgery since then, he's reached out to fans to let them know he's on the mend.
In a statement to the press, Jeremy said, "Thank you ALL for the concern & well wishes, I'm doing very well thanks to modern technology!" The message was accompanied by a photo, with Jeremy and a nurse both giving the camera an enthusiastic thumbs-up.
Jeremy's manager, Mike Esterman, posted a message on Jeremy's Twitter account Tuesday, saying, "Ron remains in intensive care at LA Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but is awake and on the road to recovery, in spite of this ordeal." Esterman also told reporters that his client is "doing quite well and cracking jokes," adding "he's touched and delighted by the outpouring of support from fans and media alike."
Nicknamed "the Hedgehog" for his stocky build and large amounts of body hair, Jeremy is an unlikely legend in the world of adult cinema, having appeared in over two thousand XXX titles, more than any other actor in porn history. Jeremy has also enjoyed a successful career in mainstream cinema, playing supporting roles in "The Boondock Saints," "54," "Crank: High Voltage," and "Detroit Rock City," and appeared on season two of the reality TV series "The Surreal Life."
While manager Esterman has made clear that Jeremy's isn't expected to be released "for some time," Jeremy statement suggests the everyman porn star is in much better shape than he was a week ago.