Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon has been rushed to hospital after suffering a second ‘cardiac incident’ amid his ongoing health woes.
The actor, 51, who played Xander in the 1990s series, was taken to the ER for treatment and is now resting and ‘focusing on medical appointments,’ his sister explained in an Instagram post shared on his behalf.
It is the latest medical scare for the troubled star whose personal scandals have overshadowed his career, with the actor being arrested multiple times over the past decade and forced to check into rehab twice.
Scary: Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon has been rushed to hospital after suffering a second ‘cardiac incident’ after undergoing spinal surgery
Last year Brendon underwent surgery after suffering ‘paralysis in his genitals’ and legs, with his manager claiming it was caused by having to sleep in a concrete-floored jail cell after his arrest for prescription fraud.
This week Brendon’s sister shared a collection of snaps which showed the star being taken to hospital on a stretcher before being moved into a wheelchair, along with a third image of the TV star waiting to be seen in a bed.
She also shared lengthy post explaining this the second ‘cardi incident’ Brendon had a since having surgery.
‘Nicky sends his love and wanted me to apologize that he hasn’t been going live as much lately and to give everyone an update,’ she wrote.
Blast from the past: The actor played Xander Harris in the 1990s series opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar (pictured)
On the mend: The troubled star was taken to the ER for treatment and is now resting and ‘focusing on medical appointments,’ his sister revealed in an Instagram post shared on his behalf
Recovering: Brendon’s sister shared a collection of images which showed the star being taken to hospital on a stretcher before being moved into a wheelchair
‘Nicky is doing fine now but he had to be rushed to emergency about two weeks ago because of a cardiac incident (tachycardia/arrhythmia).
‘Some of you might remember he had a similar incident after his second spinal surgery last year (for Cauda Equina) but this time. He is trying to get a little more rest and has been concentrating on medical appointments.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Brendon for further comment.
Back in October Brendon’s manager, Theresa Fortier, revealed the star had been forced to pull out of all of the promotions for his upcoming movie after suffering from paralysis issues.
The troubled star was struggling to walk amid ‘deep-seated medical problems and immense pain,’ his manager told DailyMail.com.
Health woes: She shared a lengthy post explaining this was the second ‘cardiac incident’ Brendon had since having surgery
Getting better: She explained to fans that the actor was ‘trying to get a little more rest and has been concentrating on medical appointments’
It came after Brendon was arrested for using a false identity to try and purchase prescription drugs in September 2021.
He was charged with prescription fraud of a controlled substance and for refusing to identify himself when stopped by a police officer in Indiana last month.
Brendon argued that having to sleep in a concrete-floored jail cell after his arrest aggravated his spinal problems.
The actor had hoped to bounce back from the off-screen drama to promote his new movie, Wanton Want, but was ‘devastated’ with his medical woes, his manager told DailyMail.com.
Brendon was told he would need to undergo intensive major back surgery because he was suffering from Cauda equina syndrome, a condition when the nerve roots in the lumbar spine are compressed, cutting off movement, feeling and often the function of the genitals, bladder and bowel .
Fortier revealed the ‘heartbreaking’ news for the actor, who was hoping for success with his new psychological thriller about two couples hiding secrets on a weekend getaway.
In jail: His current health issues were reportedly triggered by spending a night in jail after he was charged last year with fraudulently buying prescription pills in Indiana (pictured in his August 2021 mugshot)
Difficult: Last year Brendon’s manager revealed the star had been forced to pull out of all of the promotions for an Prime Video film after suffering paralysis in his legs and genitals
His manager insisted that the star’s arrest and night inside a jail cell caused his issues to worsen, adding: ‘During the arrest they were not quite careful with his condition.
‘It has aggravated the symptoms of his previous injury and the paralysis is starting to reappear. He may have burst another disc or everything fell out of alignment.
‘So sleeping on a cement floor with other inmates was not exactly conducive to healing and it aggravated his injury and since then he has been in immense pain with numbness and paralysis.
‘The hospital needs to bring him in for another spinal surgery to correct whatever it is that has happened.’
Fortier revealed Brendon also needed knee surgery from a past MCL and ACL tear.
The manager, who said she is Brendon’s best friend, revealed that he has long term back issues, but they were exacerbated after he said a fall at her Indiana home in February.
Brendon showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested in Boise, Idaho following a hotel disturbance in October 2014
Woes: Brendon was arrested on October 11, 2017 (left) in Palm Springs, California on domestic violence charges – two years after he was arrested in Saratoga Springs (right)
Reports around the time claimed that Brendon had been struggling to pay medical bills for his procedures and treatments, but Fortier insisted his fees are covered.
The actor’s health foes come after he has been arrested and charged over alcohol-fueled incidents on numerous occasions in the past decade.
In 2010, Brendon was tasered by Los Angeles police after they responded to a call regarding drunken behavior.
He was later charged with one count of resisting arrest, two counts of battery against a police officer, and one count of vandalism.
The star pleaded no contest to the charges and received a one-year suspended jail sentence after checking into a Malibu treatment center.
However, Brendon’s legal troubles kicked off again in 2014 when he was arrested for allegedly trashing a hotel room in Idaho.
Sad news: Brendon had starred in the Prime Video movie Wanton Want, but had to cancel his promotional commitments to undergo major spinal surgery
‘When you wake up in jail and you’re not sure why you’re there, that’s a very, very lonely feeling,’ he told Dr. Phil in a TV interview in 2015. Later that year, a video surfaced of the actor’s ‘suicide attempt’ in Saratoga Springs, New York .
In 2015, he was again arrested for trashing a hotel room, this time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Later that year, he was charged for attacking a woman in an upstate New York hotel room.
He was charged with felony third-degree robbery, criminal mischief and obstruction of breathing, according to NBC News.
In 2017, he was arrested on domestic violence charges. He eventually entered a plea deal and was sentenced to three years’ probation and 20 hours of community service. He was also required to complete a year-long domestic violence course.
Brendon has continued to speak candidly about his battles with alcoholism and depression.
Blast from the past: Brendon starred in all seven seasons of US series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which aired from 1997 to 2003