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Kevin Sorbo Had 3 Strokes While Working on 'Hercules'

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 3rd 2011 11:45AM
The man who played Hercules was just a human, after all. According to People, Kevin Sorbo writes in his new book 'True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life' that he suffered three strokes while filming the mythological '90s fantasy series.

In 1997, when 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' was at the height of its run, Sorbo felt a strange sensation in his arm while working out. He ignored the signs, attributing the feeling to a weightlifting injury. But when his vision became blurry and speech slurred, he went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a severe disruption of blood-flow to his arm stemming from an aneurysm in his shoulder.

After a procedure where an angiogram tube was used to insert platinum coils around the aneurysm, Sorbo discovered that he had suffered three separate strokes.

'Hercules' producers made behind-the-scenes adjustments to the show as Sorbo worked to regain his strength. They brought in guest-stars and re-wrote scripts, all while keeping his health scare a secret from the public.

"I went through two years of hell before I began to feel like myself again. I was depressed and frustrated and had a bad attitude," Sorbo says. His book is due out in November.

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