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Paul Hogan 'falling apart', desperately wants to come home to Australia

Opening: Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan (pictured) has shared his debilitating health issues, admitting he is desperate to spend his final years at home in Australia

Paul Hogan says he is desperate to spend his final years in Australia after a debilitating illness ravaged his health and left him too weak to perform basic tasks on his own.

The 83-year-old actor – famous for his rugged appearances in the popular Crocodile Dundee film franchise – has battled muscle wasting and dramatic weight loss after being diagnosed with retroperitoneal fibrosis, a disorder in which inflammation and a extensive scar tissue occur in the abdominal cavity.

Discussing the condition during an interview with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw – her last before leaving Nine’s flagship program after 17 years – Hogan revealed the benign growth had wrapped around the abdominal aorta and pressed on his kidney.

And he admits the devastating impact on his health prompted him to leave the $3.5 million Venice Beach home he shares with his son Chance, 24, and return to the relative tranquility of his native country.

Opening: Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan (pictured) has shared his debilitating health issues, admitting he is desperate to spend his final years at home in Australia

In the good old days: The actor is famous for his brutal appearances in the popular film franchise Crocodile Dundee -

Opening: Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan (pictured) has shared his debilitating health issues, admitting he is desperate to spend his final years at home in Australia

He said: ‘[I’ve] been better. I had a problem on the aorta in the kidney and the treatment solved it, but it shrunk me.

‘I just…I lost all my body fat and the muscles all shrunk and the strength came back, because it left me weak. I have the chance to open jars for me.

He added: “A lot of my dieting friends hate me because I try to eat whatever fat and lard you can think of.” Anything they are not allowed to have. I can’t put an ounce.

The actor has been prescribed corticosteroids to reduce the growth but now needs to regain his strength after health scares drastically changed his physique.

Hogan said the steroid treatment was worse than the disease.

Once upon a time: Hogan is best known for playing adventurer Mick Dundee in the 1986 romantic adventure Crocodile Dundee, alongside his future wife Linda Kozlowski

Once upon a time: Hogan is best known for playing adventurer Mick Dundee in the 1986 romantic adventure Crocodile Dundee, alongside his future wife Linda Kozlowski

What is retroperitoneal fibrosis?

Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a disorder in which inflammation and extensive scar tissue (fibrosis) occurs at the back of the abdominal cavity, behind the membrane that surrounds the organs of the digestive system (the peritoneum).

Retroperitoneal fibrosis can occur at any age but most often appears between the ages of 40 and 60.

Struggles: “I just…I lost all my body fat and the muscles all shrunk and the strength came back, because it left me weak.  I have the chance to open jars for me, he said

Struggles: “I just…I lost all my body fat and the muscles all shrunk and the strength came back, because it left me weak. I have the chance to open jars for me, he said

“They shrink your muscles and [they’re] supposed to make you fat, but I got thinner and thinner and thinner,” Hogan revealed.

“I’m now trying to put on some fat…because you feel too cold when you don’t have body fat.”

Hogan now has a pacemaker and says he’s “held by a string” as he tries to regain full health.

Let's talk: The 83-year-old actor and comedian sat down for an interview with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw (right) - his last before leaving the flagship Nine program after 17 years

Let’s talk: The 83-year-old actor and comedian sat down for an interview with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw (right) – his last before leaving the flagship Nine program after 17 years

The Golden Globe winner said he had always ‘maintained’ his fitness until he was 79 and admits he is lucky to have been healthy for so long.

“I was still fit. I would still retire most of the 40s,” he said. “And then I turned 80 and it’s good to say ’80 is not not for sissies “because things are starting to fall apart.”

Hogan is desperate to return home to Australia as his health declines, but says he can’t leave his son Chance – his child with his ex-wife and former Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski – alone in California.

Homesickness: Hogan wants to return home to Australia as his health declines, but says he cannot leave his son Chance (left) alone in California

Homesickness: Hogan wants to return home to Australia as his health declines, but says he cannot leave his son Chance (left) alone in California

Strewth: Crocodile Dundee remains the most commercially successful Australian film of all time

Strewth: Crocodile Dundee remains the most commercially successful Australian film of all time

“I’m not where I’m supposed to be, but I have no right to complain about anything,” he said.

“I had such a gifted life. So many wonderful things have happened to me without deserving them that I shouldn’t complain but, yes, ideally I would rather be back in Sydney because I miss the rest of my family there.

Hogan revealed last month that he had been “homesick for years” after the Venice Beach neighborhood surrounding his home became a magnet for vagabonds.

“I miss the people, the vibe – and there’s something you just can’t put your finger on, but there’s something about Australia that’s friendlier and more laid back,” he said. told the Daily Telegraph.

“He never takes himself seriously – there’s no arrogance like there is elsewhere.”

Former flame: Hogan is pictured with his second wife Linda Kozlowski in Beverly Hills, California in the year 2000. The couple divorced in 2014 after 25 years together

Former flame: Hogan is pictured with his second wife Linda Kozlowski in Beverly Hills, California in the year 2000. The couple divorced in 2014 after 25 years together

There it is: Hogan, increasingly reclusive, was last photographed in July

There it is: Hogan, increasingly reclusive, was last photographed in July

The increasingly reclusive Hogan was last pictured in July, two months after he was pictured pinning what appeared to be an angry note to vagabonds camping outside his Venice mansion.

Hogan denied writing the sign that read ‘THIS IS MY HOME, NOT YOURS’, despite being pictured holding a red marker near the note. He claimed he wore the red marker near the sign because he was leaving instructions for an electrician.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2005 with his then-love and former co-star Linda Kozlowski, whom he met on the set of Crocodile Dundee.

He left his first wife Noelene to pursue a romance with the much younger Linda, now 64, and they married in 1990.

Spotted: The appearance came two months after he was pictured pinning what appeared to be an angry note to vagabonds camping outside his Venice mansion

Spotted: The appearance came two months after he was pictured pinning what appeared to be an angry note to vagabonds camping outside his Venice mansion

Not me: Hogan denied writing the sign saying

Not me: Hogan denied writing the sign that read ‘THIS IS MY HOME, NOT YOURS’, despite being pictured holding a red marker near the note

In 2014, she filed for divorce, but they are reportedly still on good terms and live in the same neighborhood while co-parenting their son.

In an interview with Sunrise last year, Hogan said he was “desperate” to return to Australia and leave his life in America behind.

“I’m desperately homesick,” he said. “I live in LA County which has 10 million people and half of them have Covid. So am I homesick? You bet your life.

His home is in the once elitist seaside suburb of Venice, where a surge in homelessness has seen hundreds of tents line the famous beach promenade and a sharp rise in crime.

When asked how he’s coping with LA’s crime wave, Hogan simply replied that he’s “not going anywhere.”

He added: ‘[I’m] bored in lockdown, and the minute I can get on the plane without being locked in a hotel for two weeks, I’m back.

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