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Max Weinberg reveals he had open-heart surgery



tbd-maxweinberg100810.jpgWe finally know the truth about why Max Weinberg isn't joining Conan O'Brien on his TBS talk show, and it wasn't just that he had family in New Jersey and didn't want to move to L.A. Well, it was that, but he also has been recovering from open-heart surgery. Oh, that old excuse.

"I love playing in L.A., but my kids and my wife are back east, and we live part of the time in Italy, so it was hard to structure my life," Weinberg tells "I can tell you -- I can make a little news here, which I haven’t talked about to anybody, but on Feb. 8, I came to the end of a 26-year watchful, waiting odyssey that culminated in 12 hours of massively invasive open heart surgery."

Weinberg had a valve repaired, a condition he learned about 26 years ago, but was only just now able to get fixed.

"At the time, there was not much they could do and it wasn’t as serious as it became," Max shares. "As I got older, it got worse. Fortunately, the protocols for dealing with it became much more advanced and I found a wonderful doctor in New York who specializes in repairing valves. Two years ago, it became life-threatening and I had to do something about it sooner or later." He got the surgery two weeks after NBC booted Conan off The Tonight Show. We knew that situation was heart-breaking, but this is ridiculous.

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 4:12pm]


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