Wrestling champion suffers heart attack on live TV

Jerry "The King" Lawler 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

(Scroll down for video) A wrestling legend collapsed on a live TV show this week, according to reports.

Wrestling legend and World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler, was rushed to a hospital after he collapsed and suffered a heart attack in a live televised show.

The WWE issued a statement this week after "Raw" went off the air in Montreal: "Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, suffered a heart attack while commenting during the broadcast of Monday Night Raw last night in Montreal. Hopefully, Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to the WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."

Broadcast partner Michael Cole told viewers that the situation is serious, but Lawler was breathing on his own.

"This is not part of the entertainment tonight," Cole said. "This is a real life situation."

During a tag team match, the voices of Cole and Lawler turned away from the transmission. The fans in the audience began to leave their seats and turn their attention to the announcing table at the ringside. The cameras remained focused on the action in the ring.

Cole announced the resumption of the game before informing fans of the situation later in the night.

Cole said that Lawler fell off his chair and doctors rushed to the announcer's table with a stretcher taking Lawler the backstage area, where he received CPR.

Cole said Lawler was responding well to tests and will be given a CT scan at the hospital, and "in the manner typical of Jerry Lawler, he is fighting hard."

Lawler, 62, who primarily works for the company, has occasionally stepped into the ring to fight. Lawler briefly became involved in a fight earlier in the program before returning to comment.

Lawler became a wrestling star during the 1970s and 1980s in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, when he received mainstream attention after his fight with script comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1980s. Lawler has played at the 1999 Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon".

Lawler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.



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