Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan was admitted to the hospital yesterday for Rhabdomyolysis, a condition where damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down rapidly. The 31-year-old was said to be in so much pain that he broke down in tears while being rushed to the hospital.
According to media reports, Ethan had been burning candles at both ends with promotional activities for his new movie Paradise in Service and training for the upcoming Taiwan Speed Festival (TSF), a series of go-kart races to be held at the Pen Bay International Circuit in Taiwan this weekend.
On Aug 26, Ethan’s good friend posted on Facebook that the actor had undergone intense training for the competition, where the test drives were done under the blazing sun. Due to the lack of rest, the avid racer started showing signs of muscle breakdown. Fortunately, Ethan’s condition was discovered early and he is currently recuperating at home.
To assure everyone that he is doing fine, Ethan posted a photo on Weibo which showed him lying on the hospital bed and posing with a “victory sign”.