Jerry Lawler has a 40 year career with professional wrestling and is currently an announcer for WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” show. Lawler, also known as “The King” suffered a cardiac arrest during last night’s live event in Montreal’s Bell Centre, according to.
A WWE statement sent out in the early morning hours revealed that the 62-year-old Lawler did indeed suffer a heart attack.
“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.”
Lawler had participated in a team wrestling match less than hour before the incident. He had been back at the announcer’s table calling a match when he suddenly collapsed. Medical personnel at ringside are believed to have performed CPR. Lawler was brought backstage on a stretcher and then transported to a local hospital. His condition was listed as serious.
“Monday Night Raw” continued as it traditonally does but without commentators. The company canceled an off air ceremony for former wrestler Pat Patterson.
The WWE Hall of Famer and Lawler’s former broadcast partner Jim Ross tweeting was one of many WWE colegues to show support for their friend: “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.”
Earlier this year, Lawler suffered a strong kick to the back of the head during a match with. “Thanks to all my friends for your concern tonight… I’m OK,” he wrote on Aug. 21. Two weeks later, on Sept. 3, Lawler wrote, “Finally feeling better. Thanks to everyone who asked about me. Punk crossed a line last week after the match was over.”
Lawler who is 62, began pro wrestling in his teens, and moved to the announcer’s table after retiring, although he occasionally still performs in the ring.
More Reaction From The Professional Wrestling world:
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!!”
“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.”