Kevin Hart has undergone successful back surgery after sustaining ‘serious injuries’ in a car crash on Sunday (September 1).
According to reports, the actor and comdian is now on the mend after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda swerved off the road and down an embankment in the Malibu hills in the early hours of the morning.
Less than 24 hours after the crash, which left Hart trapped inside the ruined vehicle at approximately 1am, doctors are said to have completed successful back surgery on the actor on Sunday evening.
As reported by TMZ, a source close to the comedian said he is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a couple of days while he recovers.
Hart received medical attention immediately after the crash, along with his friends Jared Black and Rebecca Broxterman. Black, who was driving at the time of the accident, was pinned in the crushed vehicle and was also seriously injured. He was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol Hart, as per the BBC, Hart was taken to a different hospital to the driver, the Northridge Hospital Medical Centre.
Police said Black’s fiance, celebrity trainer Rebecca Broxterman, was also pinned in the backseat, but was able to be pulled from the wreckage by firefighters without any major injuries.
Footage of the wreckage shows the classic car motionless in a ditch, approximately ten feet from the road after having smashed through fencing. Its roof was crushed, with the vehicle completely written off.
Shortly after news of the crash broke, well-wishes and words of support started pouring in from Hart’s celebrity friends via social media.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, who has co-starred with Hart in movies such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Central Intelligence, wrote an emotional post on Instagram.
He wrote, alongside a picture of the two friends on set:
Stop messing with my emotions brother @kevinhart4real. We have a lot more laughing to do together. Love you man. Stay strong
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston also wrote a touching message, saying: ‘I’ve just heard that @kevinhart4real was injured today in a car accident in Los Angeles. Let’s all send him positive energy and healing thoughts. He’s a good human. Get well soon, brother. B’.
Terry Crews shared an article of the incident alongside a message which read: ‘Get well soon, brother’.
The driver of the car was determined not to have been driving under the influence at the time of the crash.
Our thoughts are with Kevin, Jared, and Rebecca and we hope they make full recoveries.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).