Jean-Claude Van Damme’s own body has done something Chong Li and that scary pony-tailed dude from Kickboxer couldn’t do; send the mighty action hero to the sidelines. According to MTV News, JCVD was admitted to a New Orleans hospital after suffering a minor heart-attack while shooting his lastest film:
“Jean-Claude Van Damme is OK after suffering a minor heart attack while filming his new film "Weapon" in New Orleans… The famous action star, who turned 50 on Monday, was briefly admitted to a hospital in New Orleans and has since returned home to Belgium to fully recover.”
When contacted for comment, Van Damme’s reps emailed MTV to let them know “He is okay.” So, that’s definitely some positive news.
Van Damme has always been a personal favorite of mine. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched Bloodsport on USA or Spike. When I learned he wasn’t going to be part of The Expendables I was pretty bummed out, since he's one of the big ones.
That being said, I can’t say this news shocks me. It’s no secret that the Muscles from Brussels has long battled a cocaine addiction. In fact, during the 90’s he was rumored to be spending up to $10,000 a week on the habit. He’s apparently been clean for years, but the damage from his party hard youth might have finally caught up to him.
Here's hoping for a speedy recover for JCVD and a role in The Expendables 2.