ER’s Dearon ‘Deezer D’ Thompson Recovering After 6-hour Heart Operation

Dearon ‘Deezer D’ Thompson with Joe Clair
Dearon ‘Deezer D’ Thompson (L) with Joe Clair (R) in the 2007 romantic comedy Lord Help Us.

Actor Dearon Thompson, better known as Deezer D, is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after enduring six hours of major heart surgery.

The 44-year-old Thompson, who played Nurse Malik McGrath for 15 years on NBC’s ER, faced the possibility of dying without the procedure, which fixed a leaking heart valve and replaced his aorta.

He is currently being monitored in the intensive care unit, with a source telling, “It’s the watch-and-wait period now but if all goes well, he’ll be moved to a regular floor for another seven days.

“Once his cardiologist gives the all-clear, he’ll be home – but with no more cigars and no strenuous exercise for awhile.”

Thompson began making a name for himself before he landed the ER gig, appearing alongside Chris Rock in 1993’s CB4, in addition to a number of other big screen projects and television shows.

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