Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds has returned to his home after having heart surgery last week. The 74-year-old actor underwent a quintuple bypass at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. He is now being looked after a 24-hour nursing team, PEOPLE reports.
“Doctors warned Burt that if he didn’t have open-heart surgery, he would die,” an insider reportedly told the National Enquirer.
“Mr. Reynolds has been released from a hospital in Florida in which he had a planned bypass operation,” his spokesperson, Erik Kritzer, said in a statement. “He wants to thank everyone for their good wishes and states that he has a great motor with brand new pipes and he is feeling great. Doctors plan on a speedy recovery.”
The Hollywood heavyweight recently made headlines when he admitted to seeking treatment for his addiction to painkillers; a detail that was not missed by ParadeOnline, who reported Burt was craving pain medications after surgery. After finishing his stint in rehab at the end of 2009, Burt reportedly became aggressive towards hospital staff when they did not give him more painkillers after he’d asked for them.
“He was told as nicely as possible that the medication he was getting was adequate for the open-heart surgery,” an insider said. “He was very angry. Burt is so used to taking pain pills, that what is OK for a normal person isn’t enough for him – no one wants him to get hooked again.”
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