The ‘Fedora Guy’ — Jerry Messing — is on life support and fighting for his life in a Florida hospital after contracting an aggressive case of COVID-19.
You should remember Messing from ‘Freaks and Geeks’ or the famous meme that includes him tipping the famous fedora. Unfortuenly, Jerry’s family says the star was hospitalized in Florida several days ago after experiencing shortness of breath. His father, James, broke his silence on the situation saying a few days ago he started feeling really sick and all of a sudden he had extreme shortness of breath.
Jerry, who lives with his parents near Tampa, really started to struggle to breathe the next day — so they decided to check his oxygen levels. After realizing they were dangerously low, the family determined he needed to be rushed to a hospital and was taken by ambulance on Monday night.
‘Fedora Guy’ On A Ventilator In Florida Hospital
After arriving, Jerry tested positive for COVID-19 and was immediately placed on a ventilator. As you know, once hospitalized for the virus, no one is allowed to visit you in the hospital — so, he is currently alone fighting for his life.
The actor is best known for his role as Gordon Crisp on ‘Freaks and Geeks’ but also starred as Artie Ryan on ‘Even Stevens.’ Jerry was also famous for playing Pugsley on ‘Addams Family Reunion.’ But, recently, the actor gained huge fame as ‘The Fedora Guy’ — which is one of the social media’s most popular memes. In the photo, he is smiling and tipping his hat to the camera.
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The worst part, Jerry was on his way to being fully vaccinated from the virus and had already received the first dose of the Pfizer shot. Jerry’s parents are both fully vaccinated with the Pfizer shots. Interestingly, both of his parents started feeling ill around the same time, but his father has tested negative for the virus and his mother’s test is still pending. At this point, neither of them has gotten bad enough to be hospitalized.
‘Freaks And Geeks’ Star Fighting Bariatric Surgery Approval?
According to Jerry’s Facebook page, he was battling with a medical clinic in the past year about getting some sort of bariatric procedure done. On June 22, 2020, he wrote, “Okay, so for those of you who know full details of what’s been going on, and those of you just interested in being kept in some form of know…I have officially been denied seeing a bariatric specialist, not by my insurance, not by my doctor, but by the medical administrator of the clinic…combine this with everything else I’ve told some of you about, I think I may need to get a lawyer…just not sure how I’ll be able to get one on retainer.”
It’s unclear Messing was able to go through with the procedure, but a few days later he updated fans on his condition saying that “My folks will no longer have to break themselves on me nearly as much as they have been having to. At the end of the day though, I’m fairly certain this is what waiting to die feels like, only I haven’t resigned myself to it, I’m being shacked in place.