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Jerry Lawler suffers heart attack during WWE telecast

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Legendary Memphis professional wrestler and commentator Jerry Lawler collapsed during a World Wrestling Entertainment event on Monday night in Montreal.

A statement from the WWE said that Lawler suffered a heart attack at the announcers' table and was taken from the Bell Centre to a hospital.

"As of this morning, Jerry "The King" Lawler is in a cardiac care unit and all his vital signs are stable," a WWE spokesperson Tara Carraro said in a release Tuesday morning to FOX13. "WWE will provide additional information as it becomes available. We continue to wish Jerry all the best for a full recovery."

Broadcast partner Michael Cole addressed the television audience and said that the situation is "serious," but that Lawler was breathing on his own.

"Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night's broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal," the WWE said in its statement. "We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."

After collapsing, Lawler was given CPR at the locker room area before being rushed to the hospital. The 62-year-old wrestling personality had competed in a match earlier in the evening with Randy Orton against CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler.

According to Baltimore Sun sports columnist Arda Ocal, he posted via Twitter that Lawler had undergone a heart procedure early Tuesday morning at the hospital in Montreal to repair blockage.

Moments after Lawler's collapse, Orcal shared an image from WWE Raw's telecast via his Twitter account.

Though he occasionally wrestles, Lawler mainly works on WWE broadcasts as a commentator.

Lawler's wrestling career spans more than 40 years.  He debuted as a wrestler in 1970 and won his first championship a year later.

It wasn't until 1982 that he gained national attention when he began a notorious feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. Years later, Lawler claimed that not only was his entire feud with Kaufman staged, but the two were actually friends.

In 1999 Lawler left the wrestling ring and ran unsuccessfully against Dr. Willie Herenton for Memphis mayor. Ten years later, he ran again for the same seat with the same result.

When word spread of his collapse and immediate medical attention, many professional wrestlers took to Twitter to express their emotion:

Jim Ross, WWE Hall of Famer and former broadcast partner of Lawler's

"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."

The Iron Sheik, WWE Hall of Famer

"God bless the Jerry Lawler I love him forever."

Matt Hardy, former WWE superstar

"Just heard the news about Jerry Lawler's health scare, he's in my thoughts & my fingers are crossed for him."

Shawn Michaels, WWE Hall of Famer

"I've just heard about Jerry Lawler!! Time for prayer everybody!! We're here for you King, God Bless!!"

Diamond Dallas Page, former WCW World Champion and WWE superstar

"Stay Strong KING @JerryLawler my prayers are with you bro @RealDDP."

Todd Grisham, former WWE announcer and current ESPN anchor

"Jerry Lawler was one of the nicest people I worked with @wwe.A great guy and good friend. I hope he pulls through ok.My prayers are with him."

Mick Foley, Former WWE champion

"Hang in there King. Pulling and praying for @JerryLawler."

Hours after his collapse, many are sending tweets via Twitter using the hashtag #PrayersforLawler.


FOX13 reporter Tealy Devereaux and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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