Hall of Fame Wrestler Suffers Heart Attack While Working as Commentator on Live WWE Telecast ABC News
During a live televised wrestling show Monday night, World Wrestling Entertainment commentator and wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack and collapsed, reports ABCNews.com.
While Lawler, 62, collapsed during the “Raw” telecast in Montreal, the cameras remained focused on the tag-team match in the ring, although the audience started to stand and watch what was going on at the broadcast table, the story says.
His broadcast partner Michael Cole told viewers that Lawler was breathing on his own, although his health situation was "serious." He said, "This is not part of tonight’s entertainment. This is a real-life situation."
The WWE said in a statement Monday night, after "Raw" was off the air, "We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.”
According to Cole, Lawler fell from his chair and doctors rushed to the announcers' table. He received CPR in a backstage area. Cole added that Lawler was in the hospital and responding well to tests, the piece notes.
WWE inducted Lawler, a wrestling star in the 1970s and 1980s, into its Hall of Fame in 2007.