Pro Wrestler Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack Live On 'Monday Night Raw'
WWE legend Jerry Lawler, 62, who has been spicing up the fictional world of professional wrestling as a fighter and a commentator for nearly 40 years, suffered a very real heart attack during a live broadcast of WWE's Monday Night Raw.
In the middle of a match that featured Kane and Daniel Bryan versus the Prime Time Players, which was being broadcast live from Montreal and announced by Lawler and partner Michael Cole, all commentary stopped abruptly and the attention turned toward the announcers' table. Lawler, nicknamed "The King," could be seen slumped over in his chair.
Paramedics arrived to perform CPR on Lawler and carry him backstage on a stretcher while the crowd chanted, "Jer-ry! Jer-ry!" in support of one of the most famous names in pro wrestling. Lawler was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition.
Cole returned on the show to reveal what had happened and occasionally update on Lawler's condition. At the end of the program, Cole disclosed that "Jerry Lawler's condition is stabilized — he is breathing on his own."
WWE released a statement about the incident early Tuesday morning, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Jerry 'The King' Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night's broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."
Lawler, who is also famous for his early-1980s feud with entertainer and performance artist Andy Kaufman, which later turned out to be — surprise! — just another hoax that both men, who were actually friends, had orchestrated, also reportedly competed in a match at Monday night's Montreal show, only about 45 minutes before his heart attack.
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