Such sad news! ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ star Ernie Reyes Jr. has been hospitalized with serious health problems — his family says his kidneys are failing and he desperately needs a transplant.
Ernie Reyes Jr., 43, is an actor and skilled martial artist best known for his role as Keno in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Ernie’s kidneys have started to fail and is in the process of getting a transplant. His family says he needs one as soon as possible! We can’t get over this terrible news!
Ernie has been “fighting for his life” since his kidneys began failing in March 2015, the actor’s family tells TMZ. Since his health went on the decline, Ernie has gone in and out of the hospital near his home in Texas — and his eyesight has started failing as well. We can’t imagine how terrifying that must be for him. While Ernie is on the kidney transplant list, receiving a new kidney is not an instant thing. Until he is able to obtain the organ, he has been going through dialysis treatments three times a week for four hours at a time, according to Ernie’s sister. As many of us are aware, healthcare is expensive. To offset Ernie’s hospital fees and help him with at least a few of his bills, Ernie’s family has set up a fundraising page on GoFundMe. And many of his friends from his various projects have done their part to help out! It’s clear that Ernie has touched a lot of people. We truly hope that Ernie can see how many people love and support him.
Ernie Reyes Jr.: An Accomplished Actor And Fighter
If you’re still not sure how to place Ernie, he was so much more than Keno in Ninja Turtles II. The accomplished actor, martial artist and stuntman also starred as Tai in The Last Dragon, Prince Tarn in Red Sonja, Johnny in Surf Ninjas, Zing in Rush Hour 2 and Manito in The Rundown. He made the transition to MMA later, going 3-0 in strikeforce. So impressive.
We wish Ernie nothing but the best, and want him to make his recovery as soon as possible! HollywoodLifers, help us send our love to Ernie!
— Samantha Wilson