Close
BRAND NEW ON E!
  • News/ 

    Robin Williams Recovering From Successful Heart Surgery

    Robin Williams Clayton Chase /Getty Images

    Robin Williams just took a licking but he keeps on ticking.

    The Oscar winner is recovering at Ohio's renowned Cleveland Clinic after successfully undergoing heart surgery on March 13.

    "Mr. Williams' operation went extremely well and we expect him to make a full recovery," said the hospital's cardiothoracic surgeon A. Marc Gillinov.

    "His heart is strong and he will have normal heart function in the coming weeks with no limitations on what he'll be able to do."

    According to the good doctor, Williams is already showing signs of his preoperative self.

    "A couple of hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh."

    Williams postponed a few dates of his Weapons of Self-Destruction comedy tour earlier this month after experiencing shortness of breath. After consulting with doctors, it was determined he needed to go under the knife.

    "The three-and-a-half-hour heart surgery was conducted to replace his aortic valve, repair his mitral valve and correct his irregular heartbeat," said Gillinov.

    Williams has already taken time out from his recovery to thank those involved in his health scare.

    "The professionals at the University of Miami Hospital and ultimately the Cleveland Clinic were all fantastic," he said. "I can't thank them enough for their kindness and dedication while I was in their care.

    "I must also thank all the people who have expressed their love and concern for me. I have been deeply touched by their support."

    Ever the consummate professional, Williams has also managed to mine his health scare for "some great new material for the tour," which is expected to resume this fall.

    "I can't wait to get back on the road. I'm thinking the next leg of the tour will be Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction!"

    FROM AROUND THE WEB
    MORE ON EONLINE

    RELATED VIDEOS:

    Did he turn down Sexiest Man Alive title?