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Lawler breathing on own after heart attack

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Memphis native and professional wrestler Jerry Lawler, who suffered a heart attack Monday evening on national television, is breathing on his own and does not appear to have any brain damage.

Appearing on "FOX and Friends" Wednesday morning, Lawler's co host Michael Cole thought he was part of another WWE skit, but it turned out to be much worse.

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"We were live on Monday night and I was looking at my monitor," Cole said. "Jerry was looking at his monitor and all of a sudden, I heard snoring on the air, and I, for a split moment, thought it was part of the entertainment. I thought that he was out, like, sleeping. Then I looked over and realized that his head was on the table, his arms started to shake and I knew, at that point, that there was an issue."

"Instinctively I jumped up and hit my mute switch because I didn't want people at home to see what was happening and I started screaming for our doctor."

Tuesday evening his girlfriend WWE Diva Stacy Carter mentioned on her Facebook page that doctors removed ventilation tubes and took the 62-year-old out of sedation.

"He is responsive, which is great," she said in her Facebook post. "It took a while to revive him (Monday) so there's concern of brain damage."

Lawler is not talking but is communicating through hand-written notes.

Lawler suffered a heart attack on live TV Monday evening while he was serving as a commentator during a taping of "WWE Monday Night Raw" at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. He passed out briefly and was not breathing for several minutes.

Paramedics at the Bell Centre were able to resuscitate Lawler and transport him to a Montreal hospital for treatment.

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