Entries in Heart Attack (7)


Wrestling Legend Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack During Live Show

Bobby Bank/WireImage(MONTREAL) -- Wrestling legend and World Wrestling Entertainment commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler was rushed to the hospital on Monday after he collapsed and suffered a heart attack at a live televised show.

The WWE issued a statement Monday night after Raw went off the air in Montreal: “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.”

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

“This is not part of tonight’s entertainment,” Cole said.  “This is a real-life situation.”

During a tag-team match, Cole and Lawler’s voices became absent from the telecast.  Fans in the audience began to rise from their seats and direct their attention to the broadcast table at ringside.  The cameras remained focused on the action in the ring.

Cole resumed announcing the match before informing fans of the situation later in the evening.

Cole said Lawler fell out of his chair and doctors rushed to the announcer’s table before a stretcher carried Lawler to the backstage area where he received CPR.  Cole said Lawler was responding well to tests and would be given a CT scan in the hospital, and “in typical Jerry Lawler fashion, he’s fighting hard.”

Lawler, 62, who primarily does announcing work for the company, does occasionally step into the ring to wrestle.  Lawler became briefly involved in a match earlier in the program before returning to do commentary.

Lawler became a star in wrestling during the 1970s and 1980s in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.  He received mainstream attention after his scripted feud with comedian Andy Kaufman during the 1980s.  Lawler played himself in the 1999 Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon.

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

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Rosie O’Donnell Suffers a Heart Attack

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rosie O’Donnell revealed she suffered a heart attack last week and called it a “miracle” she didn’t die.

The comedian shared the news on her blog and credited a Bayer aspirin commercial with saving her life.

“i took some bayer aspirin/thank god/saved by a tv commercial/literally,” O’Donnell wrote in her usual free verse form.

O’Donnell said she Googled the symptoms of a heart attack and was experiencing many of them, yet she did not call 911.

The pain persisted, O’Donnell said. The next day she visited a cardiologist who did an EKG and found her coronary artery was 99-percent blocked.

O’Donnell was admitted to the hospital and had a stent put in to clear the blockage.

“they call this type of heart attack/the Widow Maker/i am lucky to be here,” she wrote.

Earlier this month, O’Donnell revealed her fiancee, Michelle Rounds, had been diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare condition. The condition, which affects about 900 people in the U.S. each year, produces slow growing tumors in the body that can cause life threatening conditions if they compress vital organs.

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Michael Clarke Duncan Hospitalized, Now Stable

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan was hospitalized Friday morning after having a heart attack.

In a statement to ABC News, his rep said, "According to doctors, Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a myocardial infarction early this morning. He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery."

Reportedly, Duncan has his girlfriend, reality star Omarosa Stallworth, to thank. The former Apprentice diva performed CPR on Duncan when she noticed his heart had stopped around 2 a.m., according to TMZ. Stallworth was able to revive the 54-year-old.

Duncan was later transported to a nearby Los Angeles hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

In addition to his role in The Green Mile, which earned him an Academy Award nomination, Duncan has appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Armageddon, Planet of the Apes and Daredevil.  His voice was also heard in Kung Fu Panda.

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Alex Trebek 'Up and About' Following Heart Attack

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is recovering well after a mild heart attack, according to a statement his representatives sent to ABC News.

"Alex is up and about and in good spirits while doctors complete their testing at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute," the statement reads. "He has been moved to a regular room today and looks forward to returning home as soon as his doctors give their approval."

Trebek's heart attack on Sunday was a mild one, just like his previous heart attack in 2007.

According to an earlier statement issued by his representatives, the 71-year-old longtime game show host was reportedly in good spirits and undergoing tests at the Los Angeles-based medical center. In those tests, cardiologists said Trebek's doctors were likely trying to determine how much damage his heart had sustained, and whether there were any severe blockages in his blood vessels.

Dr. Cam Patterson, physician-in-chief at the University of North Carolina Heart and Vascular Center, said Trebek's doctors were likely studying whether Trebek was at risk for another heart attack and how much damage his heart endured.

If Trebek has a blockage, he'll likely need a stent to open his blood vessels. But even then, it's possible that he could leave the hospital within a day and recover within a week or two.

Trebek's representatives said they expect Trebek to have recovered enough to tape the new season of Jeopardy! at the end of July.

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Gallagher Suffers Another Heart Attack

Fotos International/Getty Images(SEDONA, Ariz.) -- The watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher has suffered his second heart attack this month.

A rep tells that Gallagher suffered a "mild heart attack" Sunday at a Sedona, Ariz., hospital "due to complications from his previous heart attack. He is awake and resting comfortably now."

According to TMZ, Gallagher sensed something was wrong after he ran out of heart medication, and was taken to a hospital.

The 65-year-old Gallagher suffered a heart attack March 14 before a scheduled performance in Texas. He was released from the hospital last week.

Gallagher previously suffered a minor heart attack last year during a performance in Rochester, Minn.

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Gallagher Awakes from Coma Following Heart Attack

Fotos International/Getty Images(LEWISVILLE, Texas) -- The watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher, who suffered a heart attack last week before a scheduled performance in Texas, has been awoken from a medically-induced coma.

According to, his promotional manager says Gallagher is breathing on his own and was speaking with his family and joking around after he was taken out of the coma on Sunday.

Gallagher, who's 65, had two stents replaced after suffering a heart attack prior to a performance at a Lewisville, Texas, bar. He suffered a minor heart attack last year during a performance in Rochester, Minn.

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'Macho Man' Randy Savage Autopsy Findings Revealed

Russell Turiak/Getty Images(SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla.) -- Former pro wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage died of heart disease when he lost control of his Jeep and crashed in Seminole, Florida May 20.

The St. Petersburg Times reports an autopsy determined the 58-year-old Savage, whose real name was Randy Poffo, had an enlarged heart with blockage in his coronary arteries.

His wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered minor injuries.

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