HOME and Away legend Ray Meagher has been rushed to hospital for emergency heart surgery.
The actor – who plays Alf Stewart in the Australian soap – was discovered to have three serious blockages in his arteries and taken to hospital for a triple heart bypass, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun.
The newspaper reports Ray feels “very, very lucky” to have been treated and is currently recovering at home.
He was originally scheduled to have a simple stent procedure but that was changed to open heart surgery after the extent of the blockages was revealed to doctors.
The actor sparked worry from fans earlier this year when he announced he would be scaling back his role on the soap.
He told This Morning: “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.
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.”
Bosses from the long-running soap were forced to deny claims the show was being axed after a serious ratings fall put the show at risk of losing its coveted 7pm slot.
Angus Ross from the Seven Network said in a statement: ” “The hard-working cast and crew on Home and Away produce the most-loved and most-watched Australian drama on television.
“I can assure fans that the story is utter drivel. There are absolutely no plans to move it from its 7PM timeslot on the main channel.”