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Jean-Claude Van Damme suffers minor heart attack (or not)




Everyone's favorite muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme, is recovering from a minor heart attack on the set of his latest film, reports. Two things: 1) Who knew Jean-Claude Van Damme was 50? and 2) Who knew Jean-Claude Van Damme was still making action movies (JCVD notwithstanding)?

The site was first to say that Van Damme was hospitalized after shooting of his upcoming Weapon moved to New Orleans from Romania for three days. The heart attack was considered minor, and he was released to return to Belgium with his wife Gladys Portugues. A rep gave MTV the terse statement, "He is okay." Whew.

It must not have been a major cardiac arrest, because we're pretty sure you can't fly for a spell after something like. Of course, The Juice* isn't a doctor's office, so we could be wrong -- like we were when we said Universal Soldier and Timecop were good movies. Bloodsport and Kickboxer, on the other hand ...

UPDATE: What the rep should have said is that Van Damme didn’t have a heart attack at all, as the actor confirmed on his Facebook page. “Hours ago, I read a rumor online about me suffering a heart attack,” Van Damme wrote. “Please do not believe all what you read from rumors on any unofficial JVCD sites. Jean-Claude Van Damme is 100 percent healthy, training well for taking the fight and sending his fans and friends much love.” Being the suspicious type, we think this is a PR stunt for his new flick. Hey, we even said we didn’t know he was still acting.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:07pm]


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