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Robin Williams Recovering After Heart Surgery In Ohio

Robin Williams is recovering at a Cleveland Clinic after successful heart surgery.

The 57-year-old actor had an operation to replace an aortic valve and is expected to make a full recovery in the next eight weeks.

"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," said surgeon Dr. A. Marc Gillinov and in true Williams style, "a couple of hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh."

Williams postponed a few dates of his one-man 'Weapons of Self-Destruction' comedy tour earlier this month after experiencing shortness of breath.

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

"The professionals at the University of Miami Hospital and ultimately the Cleveland Clinic were all fantastic," Williams said in a statement. "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."

"I got some great new material for the tour and 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!'"

March 24, 2009 |

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