Home And Away star Ray Meagher has reportedly undergone triple bypass surgery.
The 75-year-old actor, who plays Alf Stewart, is said to have had the shock diagnosis a week ago during a routine health check which revealed that he had three serious blockages in his arteries.
The veteran soap star was planning a long winter break in Queensland with his wife when he visited his cardiologist for a regular check-up and stress test.
The Melbourne Herald Sun published that Ray felt ‘very, very lucky’ and that he would be remaining at home in Sydney to recover.
The publication claims that doctors felt a simple stent procedure would be enough but ‘the extent of the coronary calcification meant he was scheduled for open heart surgery the next day’.
Bypass surgery is a surgical procedure which aims to restore normal blood flow to an obstructed coronary artery.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Meagher for comment.
Ray has been on screen since the mid-1970s, and remains notable for being the longest continuing performer in an Australian television role, as Alf on Home and Away.
He appeared in the very first episode in 1988 and is the only original actor still with the series.
Earlier in 2019 he left fans worried when it was revealed he was reducing his hours, but he confirmed he wasn’t going anywhere, and was simply changing the hours he worked.
‘Over the last 10-20 years, each Christmas I go over to your country to do a pantomime, and more recently I went over twice to do Priscilla Queen Of The Desert in the West End,’ he said on This Morning.
‘Once was a six month stint, another a run of four months in that same show. If you average my time out over the last 10-15 years, I probably average 40 weeks a year.
‘From now on, on a new contract, I’ll probably work 35-36 weeks of the year. So it’s just taking a tiny bit more time out, but I ain’t going nowhere.’
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