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'American Gladiators' Star Nitro

Hospitalized for Heart Attack

... Blames 'Roid Abuse

12/22/2013 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ex-"American Gladiators" star Nitro was hospitalized for a HEART ATTACK on Wednesday, TMZ has learned ... and Nitro tells us he thinks STEROIDS played a factor.

Dan Clark says he experienced intense chest pains while working out at an L.A. gym that night ... and then his left arm went numb.

Nitro asked a buddy to drive him to a nearby urgent care center ... where they quickly realized he was having a heart attack and put him in an ambulance for a nearby hospital.

Once Nitro arrived to the hospital, he was rushed into emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in one of his arteries. During the procedure, doctors fitted Nitro with a brand new stent.

Nitro says the whole thing was a shock 'cause he's in peak physical condition ... and believes the heart attack may have been a result of the YEARS of steroid abuse from his days as a Gladiator.

According to Nitro, 'roids weren't viewed as taboo back in the AG heyday ... it was just part of the culture.

Clark says he's confident he'll make a full recovery and says the worst part about the whole ordeal ... he can't workout for a month.

#GymRat

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Dead account Delete at will    

Dumb ass gets what he deserves.
roids... means hes got a tiny little peen too...Loser all the way around

303 days ago
2.

Randy    

All them Pork Ribs had nothing to do with it.....

303 days ago
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artwavesandchips    

One of my boys takes a lot of steroids.

He gets the ladies but it doesn't seem all that safe.

I am willing to work hard for my muscles and my strength.

303 days ago
4.

shakedoggy    

tell us how old he is u idiots. how could u leave that out?

303 days ago
5.

Clytemnestra    

How Arnold and Sly have avoided similar attacks is a miracle.

303 days ago
6.

WME2KS    

Next will be a stroke.

303 days ago
7.

AMateToTalkTo    

Sounds more like a simple blood clot to me. And now he's labelled himself as a known steroid juicer. Making him an even bigger di*k than he already was

303 days ago
8.

Ace    

My left arm goes numb all the time, all depends how good the site is.

303 days ago
9.

laffnbear    

Man's obsessed.
He'll find there are far worse things than not working out, a heart attack only one of them.
He will not age gracefully.

303 days ago
10.

billybob    

That's fantastic! Any celeb, even low grade, is welcome on my "Which Celeb Do You Want To Die next"-List (CDN-List). I love it!

303 days ago
11.

RD    

You want to play with drugs and be a Billy Badass? Now you get to pay the price and change your name to Billy Dumbass!

303 days ago
12.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Big strong man with a worthless little stub and no brains. Not a great value.

303 days ago
13.

Shotokan500    

Oh the irony! http://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/gladiator-dan-clark/1100815866?ean=9781416597322

303 days ago
14.

Bob    

Well, he's also middle-aged.

303 days ago
15.

Blue Lake    

Nitro's the greatest. His book is really good too. Get better soon, Dan.

303 days ago
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