The following is an excerpt from a CNN article covering the Jerry Lawler situation from this past Monday’s WWE Raw in Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
(CNN) — World Wrestling Entertainment announcer Jerry “The King” Lawler was in stable condition after suffering a heart attack, WWE said.
As of Tuesday morning, Lawler was in a cardiac care unit and his vital signs were stable, WWE said in a written statement.
Lawler, a larger-than-life figure even within the flamboyant world of professional wrestling, suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a show Monday night, the show’s producers announced.
Lawler, 62, was given CPR in the locker room of the arena in Montreal before being taken to a hospital, co-host Michael Cole told viewers during a break in the televised program.
Lawler was in the emergency room and breathing on his own, but “this is an extremely serious situation. This is not part of tonight’s entertainment,” he said. “This is a real-life situation.”
Cole said the star was responding to tests and would be given a CT scan at the hospital, adding, “Jerry, my friend, my prayers are with you.”
“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 announcer Jim Ross said on Twitter.
Lawler made his name in wrestling in the 1970s, but he became famous beyond the wrestling world for a 1982 bout with comedian Andy Kaufman.
The article goes on to describe – in great detail – Lawler’s infamous feud with Hollywood actor/comedian Andy Kaufman (including the infamous staged fight on the David Letterman show), which to the non-wrestling fan is what Jerry “The King” Lawler is most famous for.
You can read the complete CNN piece on Lawler by heading over to CNN.com.