Legendary porn star hospitalised

Last updated 15:36 31/01/2013
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Ron Jeremy has starred in more than 2000 adult films but started life as a teacher.

Cult porn star Ron Jeremy in hospital

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Veteran pornography actor Ron Jeremy, one of the industry's biggest stars, is resting after undergoing surgery in Los Angeles today for an aneurysm near his heart, his manager said.

Jeremy, 59, who appeared in more than 2,000 adult films, drove himself to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles early on Wednesday (local time) after suffering from chest pains.

''He just felt chest pains, like a very heavy weight,'' Jeremy's manager Mike Esterman said.

''He is being worked on for an aneurysm near his heart.''

Esterman said that the surgery ''went smoothly,'' adding that Jeremy ''is now resting with complete privacy and no visitors.''

Jeremy, nicknamed the ''Hedgehog'' for his short and hirsute body and known for his large mustache, parlayed his porn star fame into mainstream celebrity status by appearing on the American reality television series The Surreal Life in 2004, and by being featured in an advertisement by animal-rights advocates Peta.

In a Twitter posting on his official account, Jeremy's management said, ''Please keep Ron in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.''

His memoir, ''The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz,'' was published in 2007 by HarperCollins, a division of News Corp .

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