‘Buffy’ star Nicholas Brendon hospitalized after ‘cardiac incident’

‘Buffy’ star Nicholas Brendon hospitalized after ‘cardiac incident’

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon has been rushed to the hospital after suffering a second heart attack.

The 51-year-old actor, who played Xander in the 1990s series, was taken to the emergency room for treatment and is now resting and “focusing on medical appointments,” his sister revealed in an Instagram post posted on his behalf.

Nicholas underwent surgery last year for “paralysis of the genitals” and legs, which his manager claimed was caused by having to sleep in a concrete-floored jail cell after his arrest for prescription fraud.

Scary: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' star Nicholas Brendon has been rushed to the hospital after suffering a second 'heart attack'.

Scary: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ star Nicholas Brendon has been rushed to the hospital after suffering a second ‘heart attack’.

Nicolas’ sister shared a collection of images showing the star being taken to the hospital on a stretcher and then put into a wheelchair, as well as a third image of the TV star waiting to be seen in bed.

She shared a lengthy post in which she explained that this was the second “heart incident” that Nicholas suffered after surgery.

“Nikki sends you his regards and wanted me to apologize for the fact that he rarely airs lately and break the news to everyone,” she wrote.

A blast from the past: The actor played Xander Harris in the 1990s series alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar (pictured)

A blast from the past: The actor played Xander Harris in the 1990s series alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar (pictured)

On the mend: The actor was taken to the emergency room for treatment and is now resting and

On the mend: The actor was taken to the emergency room for treatment and is now resting and “focusing on doctor visits,” his sister revealed in an Instagram post posted on his behalf.

Recovering: Nicolas' sister shared a collection of pictures of the star being taken to the hospital on a stretcher and then transferred to a wheelchair.

Recovering: Nicholas’ sister shared a collection of pictures of the star being taken to the hospital on a stretcher and then transferred to a wheelchair.

Health Issues: She shared a lengthy post in which she explained that this was the second

Health Issues: She shared a lengthy post in which she explained that this was the second “heart incident” Nicholas suffered after surgery.

“Nicky is doing well now, but about two weeks ago he had to be rushed to the hospital due to a heart attack (tachycardia/arrhythmia).

“Some of you may remember that he had a similar incident after his second spinal surgery last year (for a ponytail), but this time.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Actor Nicholas Brendon Admitted To Hospital After  Suffering A 'Cardiac Incident'

“He’s trying to rest a little more and is focused on doctor visits.”

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Nicholas for further comment.

Back in October, Nicholas’s manager revealed that the star had been forced to pull out of all promotions for her new film due to paralysis of her legs and genitals.

The worried actor struggled to walk due to “profound health issues and severe pain,” his manager told DailyMail.com.

On the mend:

On the mend: “He’s trying to rest a little more and is concentrating on doctor visits,” Nicolas’ sister said.

Complicated: Back in October, Nicholas's manager revealed that the star had been forced to pull out of all promotions for her upcoming movie due to leg and genital paralysis.

Complicated: Back in October, Nicholas’s manager revealed that the star had been forced to pull out of all promotions for her upcoming movie due to leg and genital paralysis.

Brandon was arrested for using a false name to buy prescription drugs in September 2021.

He was charged with fraud with controlled substance prescriptions and for refusing to identify himself when he was pulled over by a police officer in Indiana last month.

Brandon claims that having to sleep in a concrete-floor prison cell after his arrest exacerbated his spinal problems.

He had hoped to bounce back from off-screen drama to promote his new film Reckless Need, but is “devastated” by his health issues, his manager Teresa Fortier told DailyMail.com.

In jail: Last year he was charged with fraudulently buying prescription pills in Indiana (pictured in August 2021).

In jail: Last year he was charged with fraudulently buying prescription pills in Indiana (pictured in August 2021).

Brendon is awaiting the results of his back and groin scans, but he will need major back surgery in the next few days.

He suffers from cauda equina syndrome, a condition in which the nerve roots in the lumbar spine are compressed, making it impossible for him to move, feel, and often function in his genitals, bladder, and bowels.

Buffy star Nicholas Brendon hospitalized for cardiac incident | EW.com

Fortier shared “heartbreaking” news for the actor, who was hoping for success for his new psychological thriller about two couples hiding secrets while on vacation over the weekend.

“Now he is focused on his health. He’s not promoting the film,” Fortier said.

“Over the past week and a half, things have deteriorated dramatically. He has paralysis of the genitals and genitals.

“He had difficulty flying. Unfortunately, his condition means he needs surgery to address his growing problems. I want him to get better and be able to promote this film.”

Sad news: Nicholas starred in Prime Video's Wanton Want but had to cancel his promotional commitments in order to undergo major spinal surgery.

Sad news: Nicholas starred in Prime Video’s Wanton Want but had to cancel his promotional commitments in order to undergo major spinal surgery.

Fortier insists that after the arrest of the star and the night in the prison cell, his problems worsened, adding: “At the time of the arrest, they were not very attentive to his condition.

“It has exacerbated the symptoms of his previous injury and the paralysis is starting to show up again. Perhaps another disk has burst or everything has gone wrong.

“Thus, sleeping on a cement floor with other inmates did not quite help the healing and aggravated his trauma, and he has been in great pain ever since with numbness and paralysis.

“The hospital needs to get him in for another spinal surgery to fix what happened.”

Fortier revealed that Brandon also needs knee surgery due to a past MCL and ACL tear.

The manager, who said she was Brendon’s best friend, said he had long-standing back problems that worsened after he fell at her Indiana home in February.

Reports in recent months have claimed that Brandon struggled to pay the medical bills for his procedures and treatments, but Fortier insisted that his expenses be covered.

This is not the first time the actor has been arrested and charged with alcohol abuse.

In 2010, the LAPD tasered Brandon after they answered a call about drunken behavior.

Nicholas Brendon showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested in Boise, Idaho after a hotel riot in October 2014.

Nicholas Brendon showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested in Boise, Idaho after a hotel riot in October 2014.

He was later charged with one count of resisting arrest, two counts of battery and one count of vandalism.

The star did not contest the charges and was given a one-year suspended sentence after being admitted to a Malibu treatment center.

However, Brandon got into legal trouble again in 2014 when he was arrested for allegedly vandalizing an Idaho hotel room.

In 2015, he was arrested again for trashing a hotel room, this time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Grief: In this footage provided by the Palm Springs Police Department, Nicholas Brendon poses for a photo of himself after his arrest on charges of domestic violence on October 11, 2017 in Palm Springs, California.
Problems: In September 2015, he was arrested by the Saratoga Springs Police Department after another fight with his girlfriend.

Grief: Brendon was arrested October 11, 2017 (left) in Palm Springs, California on charges of domestic violence — two years after his arrest in Saratoga Springs (right)

Later that year, he was charged with assaulting a woman in an upstate New York hotel room.

According to NBC News, he was charged with third-degree robbery, criminal disorderly conduct and respiratory failure.

In 2017, he was arrested on charges of domestic violence.

Brandon has since appeared on Dr. Phil, speaking candidly about his struggles with alcoholism and depression.

Blast from the past: Nicholas starred in all seven seasons of the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which aired from 1997 to 2003.

Blast from the past: Nicholas starred in all seven seasons of the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which aired from 1997 to 2003.


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