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‘Riverdale’ Star Skeet Ulrich Shares Gruesome Photo From His Open-Heart Surgery

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Aug. 7 2019, Updated 4:08 p.m. ET

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Bryan Ray “Skeet” Ulrich celebrated an important milestone on August 6. The date marks 39 years since he received life-saving open-heart surgery.

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He shared a graphic picture on Instagram from the operation to commemorate the day. The Riverdale actor, 49, captioned it, “I had a 25% chance of surviving open heart surgery. Thanks to the skill and dedication of my surgeons I am alive and well. Thank you to everyone who have dedicated their lives to saving others.”

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As a kid, Skeet grew up with constant bouts of pneumonia. At the age of ten, he doctors found a cleft mitral valve and a hole in his ventricular wall, hence the open-heart surgery.  The operation left the Scream actor with a big scar and a defensive posture.

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Fans sent the actor good vibes in the comments section and congratulated him on a successful recovery. “You have one of the best hearts I’ve ever seen. Don’t ever change brother,” someone wrote.  Many sent heart emojis and commended Skeet for being such a strong fighter.

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Others shared their own stories. “I had open heart surgery when I was 3 months old, due to 2 holes in my heart. I have a scar down my chest now and my parents were told I wouldn’t live past the age of 2 without the surgery. But there was also a chance I wouldn’t survive with it. But I’m almost 15 now n still going” one fan wrote. “My dad had that not to long ago and now he is stronger than ever,” another chimed in.

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"I had open heart surgery last July. Here's to being a survivor and being heart healthy now!” One follower commented. “That’s incredible. I had open heart surgery at 11 months and again at 23 and it always has fascinated me no end how they work with the heart!” another empathized.

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Skeet will return as FP Jones in season four of The CW’s Riverdale on October 9.

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What do you think of Skeet’s open-heart surgery recovery? Sound off in the comments below!

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