Chris Kattan undergoes emergency surgery amid severe pneumonia battle

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Chris Kattan was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery amid a severe bout of pneumonia, Page Six has learned.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum, 52, was hospitalized on Sunday with Streptococcus pneumoniae.

We’re told the funnyman currently remains hospitalized as he recovers from the successful surgery. He is set to be released Friday.

The “Monkeybone” star was in the middle of a comedy tour when he suffered the health scare. He is reportedly rescheduling his tour dates, according to TMZ, who broke the news Thursday.

Kattan’s girlfriend, Maria Libri, took to social media to wish her partner a speedy recovery.

“This sweet, sweet man of mine is on the road to recovery, after a severe pneumonia scare ❤️❤️❤️,” she captioned a happy snap of the pair.

A photo of Chris Kattan
The actor is set to be released from the hospital on Friday.

“He is always taking care of us, now it’s our turn to take care of him💞.”

The actor, who appeared on “SNL” from 1996 until 2003, most recently starred in the third season of “Celebrity Big Brother.” However, he ended up quitting the reality show after he struggled with being disconnected from the outside world.

A photo of Chris Kattan and maria libri
His girlfriend shared a sweet snap and wished him a quick recovery.
Instagram/Maria Libri

“It was a lot of fun, but it was hard. At some point, it just became hard not to talk to family. And for me, it became hard to be disconnected to the outside world,” he told Us Weekly in February.

“I don’t think I was so ready [or] realized what that felt like when you have cameras on you 24/7, except for when you’re going to use the bidet. That’s really it. I didn’t realize how much I missed my family and friends and my loved ones and girlfriend.”

He has been dating Maria Libri since at least 2021.



He has been dating Maria Libri since at least 2021.


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Kattan also made headlines last summer after he was kicked off an American Airlines flight for not properly wearing a face mask.

Passengers on the plane, which was headed to Los Angeles from Dallas in July 2021, expressed concern after noticing he had mucous running from his nose while not wearing a mask, TMZ reported at the time.

Flight attendants brought Kattan paper towels and requested he put on a mask, which he did, but it didn’t cover his nose. He was later removed from the plane.

Chris Kattan on The Tonight Show
Kattan most recently appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother.”
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The “Night at the Roxbury” star’s attorney denied that he had refused to wear a mask and explained what was causing his symptoms.

“We strongly deny that Mr. Kattan would ever refuse to wear a mask. Mr. Kattan is fully vaccinated and unequivocally supports CDC guidelines,” his lawyer, Samuel Joshua Smith, said in a statement to Page Six.

“This past Monday, Mr. Kattan was returning to Los Angeles from a successful tour of comedy shows. Unfortunately, Mr. Kattan suffered a strong allergic reaction to supplements he has been taking to treat lingering neck pain from his injury on ‘SNL.’ This reaction affected his balance and psychological state. The effects also caused him to have trouble breathing.”

Smith ended his statement by warning Kattan’s fans that “apparently, not all supplements are created equally.”

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