Jeremy Renner is in critical but stable condition in the hospital after becoming injured while plowing snow outside his Lake Tahoe home.
The 51-year-old Marvel star was airlifted to hospital on Sunday after police were called to his rural mansion Lake Tahoe.
The circumstances surrounding the accident remain unclear but police described it as a ‘weather-related’ incident involving a snow plow. A winter storm in the area left 35,000 people without power amid heavy snow fall and winds.
Renner was alone at the time.
‘We can confirm Jeremy is in critical but stable condition with injuries suffered after experiencing a weather related accident while plowing snow earlier today.
‘His family is with him and he is receiving excellent care,’ a spokesman said in a statement.
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Kristin Vietti added: ‘Upon arrival, deputies coordinated with Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and REMSA Health to arrange for medical transport of Jeremy Renner via care flight to a local area hospital.
Renner tweeted about the huge amount of snow at his US ranch in December, writing: ‘Lake Tahoe snowfall is no joke.’
His home is in a secluded mountainous area and he has shared numerous social media posts showing snow encasing his cars and even reaching his first floor windows.
Fans have said they are praying for the two-time Academy Award nominee, best known for playing Avenger Hawkeye in the Marvel universe, Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy and William Brandt in the Mission Impossible movies.
It came as dozens of people were killed across the US amid blizzard conditions.
The Arctic blast stirred up heavy winds and snow, trapping some residents inside their houses with snowdrifts and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
The scope of the storm has been nearly unprecedented, stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada down to the Rio Grande along the border with Mexico.
In a video posted to his Instagram account last December, the actor could be seen enjoying driving his industrial-sized snow thrower.
‘I have so much respect for Mother Earth, and Mother Nature … I expect to lose the fight but I’ll always give it my best shot,’ he wrote.
Several other pictures and videos posted to social media show him enjoying driving heavy machinery with everything from plows on caterpillar tracks to massive snow plows and other winter weather buggies.
In the past Renner has also openly told of how he often spends time working with local fire departments, helping their teams, and has even bought a spare fire engine.
‘I work with the fire departments up there and they are pretty awesome. They are teaching me and helping me, and I still have to get some more hours in with them.’