EXCLUSIVE: ER Actor Hospitalized

Jul. 10 2009, Updated 4:40 a.m. ET

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Dearon Thompson, who played series regular Malik McGrath on ER, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, RadarOnline.com has confirmed exclusively. Thompson, also known as rapper Deezer D, is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday.

A source close to Thompson says he will undergo heart surgery  and is currently “in good spirits.” Thompson confirmed the news to friends via e-mail saying: “I have my HEART SURGERY on TUES. Thanks for all your PRAYERS LOVE y’all.”

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On ER, his character was a source of comic relief on the medical drama. Despite his foray into acting, Thompson continued his music career, most recently releasing the album Delayed, But Not Denied in August 2008.

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