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“I’m Back!” Arnold Schwarzenegger Tweets He’s OK After Unexpected Open-Heart Surgery 👊

‘The Terminator’ superstar posted “I’m truly filled with gratitude for all of all of the kind messages.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering after having unexpected open-heart surgery in Los Angeles. The legendary actor and former Governor of California had originally gone in for a catheter valve replacement which would have been a smaller operation. But an open-heart team was on standby in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wore an eye-catching belt, brown leather jacket, and a sheriff style badge while out in LA © Atlantic Images

On April 2nd Arnold Schwarzenegger then posted a message on his official Twitter account @Schwarzenegger letting his fans and followers know that he was OK after open-heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai hospital in LA! Phew.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Open Heart surgery Arnie Took his green Hummer out for a spin in Los Angeles
Arnie Took his green Hummer out for a spin in Los Angeles © Atlantic Images

His spokesman Daniel Ketchell released a statement that explained the procedure was:

To replace a pulmonic valve that was originally replaced due to a congenital heart defect in 1997. That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement. During that procedure, an open-heart surgery team was prepared … in case the catheter procedure was unable to be performed.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Open Heart surgery Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patrick Schwarzenegger enjoyed some father/son time cycling in Venice Beach, Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patrick Schwarzenegger enjoyed some father/son time cycling in Venice Beach, Los Angeles © Atlantic Images

We’re glad the superstar is recovering and we bet his pet pooch is happy to see him!  Arnie has a chocolate Labrador named Gustav and he was spotted taking the adorable lab for a ride in his doorless Hummer! Check out the vid below. 

VIDEO: Arnold Schwarzenegger Drives Hummer with Pet Labrador Along for the Ride

Arnie’s Tweet about his surgery read:

It’s True: I’m Back! I went to sleep expecting to wake up with a small incision and wake up with a big one – but guess what? I woke up, and that’s something to be thankful for. Thank you to the doctors & nurses. And I’m truly filled with gratitude for all of all of the kind messages.

TMZ reported that Arnie’s first words after waking up were “I’m back.”! Arnold who is now 70 years old was 49 when he first had the valve inserted.

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Arnie filmed ‘Killing Gunther’ just last year in Vancouver, Canada © Atlantic Images

Funnily enough, his famous line “I’ll be back” from 1984’s The Terminator was originally written as “I’ll come back.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Tweeted “I’m back!” after his unexpected open-heart surgery

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Arnold Schwarzenegger had been in the wars before with his arm in a sling in this picture © Atlantic Images

Arnie has a huge collection of cars, motorbikes, and SUVs including a silver convertible Bugatti, several Hummers (well he did invent the commercial version!), a Bentley sports car, an Escalade SUV, a Harley Davidson and a bright orange Dodge Challenger to name just a few.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and girlfriend Heather Milligan were all smiles as they walked around Vancouver, Canada © Atlantic Images

Arnie was given the “Legend of the Century” Award at the German GQ Awards in 2017 with a whole bunch of top celebrities, musicians, actors and actresses attending the glitzy bash. Check out the pics here:

PICS: Bis Später, Baby! Arnie Scoops “Legend of the Century” Award At German GQ Awards 🏆

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The sheriff is in town! Arnold Schwarzenegger caught a ride on a gold buggy as he wore a sheriff style badge in LA! © Atlantic Images

Arnold is going to be back as ‘The Terminator’ in the sixth Terminator movie and even Sarah Connor will return after a 25-year absence!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger let girlfriend Heather Milligan drive his Bugatti sports car! © Atlantic Images

James Cameron, who directed the first two installments, will also return as a producer while the Deadpool director Tim Miller will direct. Celebrity WotNot has had exclusive behind-the-scenes pics and video from the new Deadpool 2 film set. Visit our official YouTube channel and see more pics here: Deadpool, Meet Cable + Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Footage #Spoilers

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Arnold Schwarzenegger wore a stylish Ralph Lauren polo shirt walking with girlfriend Heather Milligan © Atlantic Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger had returned to his action star status filming Why We’re Killing Gunther in Vancouver, Canada last year.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is recovering from open-heart surgery after an unexpected operation in Los Angeles © Atlantic Images

Arnold plays the lead role of ‘Gunther’ in the movie about the world’s greatest hitman.

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Arnie looked stylish in oval sunglasses and a jacket with the American Flag badge on the sleeve © Atlantic Images

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Written by CK Whittle

Manchester, Los Angeles, London, Vancouver and Cornwall. Senior Editor at Celeb WotNot and firm believer that chips belong in a fry-up.

His father founded one of the biggest news agencies in Britain and this excitable Mancunian is following in his footsteps.

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