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Jerry Lawler Suffers Heart Attack During WWE ‘Raw’

Jerry Lawler
FILE – This April 23, 2011 file photo shows professional wrestler Jerry Lawler. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
Jerry Lawler
FILE - This April 23, 2011 file photo shows professional wrestler Jerry Lawler. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Jerry Lawler, the longtime professional wrestling commentator for World Wrestling Entertainment, collapsed during a live event in Montreal Monday night.

The WWE released a statement saying Lawler, a former wrestler, suffered a heart attack during the live broadcast.

The wrestling organization updated the public on his condition Tuesday afternoon on its website, saying Lawler’s vital signs are stable.

“As of this morning, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler is in a cardiac care unit and all his vital signs are stable,” the statement read. “WWE will provide additional information as it becomes available. We continue to wish Jerry all the best for a full recovery.”

“Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family,” WWE said in its earlier statement.

Lawler’s health scare occurred during a tag team match between Kane & Daniel Bryan and The Prime Time Players on Monday Night Raw.

Lawler, 62, collapsed at the ringside announcer’s desk and was attended to by medics. He was taken to a local hospital.

His fellow broadcaster, Michael Cole, told the audience that the situation is “serious,” according to The Associated Press.

Though Lawler is well-known in the wrestling circles, he gained national attention on “Late Night with David Letterman” when he slapped popular comedian, Andy Kaufmann, in the face.

Lawler, whose signature move is the “piledriver,” has been known to step into the ring during his broadcasting career.

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