WWE Star Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack On-Air

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By: Adelle Platon / September 11, 2012

Beloved commentator and WWE star Jerry Lawler stopped the show when he suffered a heart attack ringside.

According to CNN, co-host Michael Cole announced during Monday Night Raw that “The King” was given CPR in the locker room of the arena in Montreal before being taken to a hospital where he would receive a CT scan.

“This is not part of tonight’s entertainment,” he said. “This is a real-life situation.” Lawler was taken to the emergency room and breathing on his own, even responding to texts.

The regal, larger-than-life personality made his name in the 1970s as a grappler under the then-named WWF. His fame surpassed the ring after his bout with comedian Andy Kaufman in 1982. Lawler was also a vocal supporter of the wrestling divas, known for coining the term “puppies.”

Long-time co-commentator Jim Ross tweeted Monday night, “I’m shaken by the news of my friend Jerry Lawler’s medical emergency in Montreal. Hands shaking. Prayers for the King. I feel helpless,”

WWE also took its official website to wish Lawler well, “We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.”