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Wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler performs at the The Comedy Store after-show at "Andy Kaufman: Dead or Alive?" at The House of Blues on May 16, 2004 in Hollywood.

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Color commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler is introduced during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Wrestlers Jerry Lawler and The Rock at Showtime/HBO's Lewis-Tyson Pre-Fight Party at The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday, June 8, 2002.

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Pro wrestler Jerry Lawler arrives at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Professional wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler address the fans prior to to Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers at FedExForum on May 13, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Jerry "The King" Lawler at WWE Raw on Feb. 25, 2008.


Pro wrestler and wrestling announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler, 62, suffered a heart attack during the live WWE Raw broadcast Monday night at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Lawler suffered a heart attack while doing commentary at ringside for a tag team match, with Kane and Daniel Bryan versus Titus O'Neil and Darren Young, the "Prime Time Players." In the middle of the match, Lawler could be heard loudly breathing, then the commentary briefly stopped while his broadcast partner Michael Cole checked on him. The heart attack came less than an hour after Lawler had wrestled on the show, and took place about two hours into the three-hour broadcast.

Lawler was quickly stretchered away from ringside. WWE medical staff attended to him in the backstage locker room, according to a story on WWE's website. A statement from WWE said that Lawler suffered a heart attack at the announcers' table and was taken from the Bell Centre to a hospital.

You can see video of the scene following Lawler's attack here, including Lawler being stretchered backstage:

This video also shows Lawler being stretchered backstage:

Cole continued calling the rest of the match before addressing the situation. The decision was eventually made for the other matches and storylines on the show to have no commentary, though a shaken Cole provided three updates during the rest of the show and told the audience that this wasn't part of the entertainment portion of the show. Cole said that the situation was "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," 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."

Lawler was in Los Angeles just last month for the annual SummerSlam pay-per-view. In another recent L.A. connection, Lawler appeared at a playoff game between the L.A. Clippers and his hometown's Memphis Grizzlies — where Lawler did a piledriver on a Clippers fan:

Though Lawler occasionally wrestles, he mainly works on WWE broadcasts as a commentator. He's wrestled for over 40 years and is best known for a series of storylines that drew national attention with comedian Andy Kaufman, including Lawler slapping Kaufman on live television in what was presented as a real dispute. They denied at the time that the incident was staged, before Lawler later publicly admitted it. Lawler played himself in the Kaufman biopic "Man On The Moon."

You can see video of Lawler and Kaufman on Letterman here. Warning: The segment includes adult language.

With contributions by AP

Mike Roe
Mike Roe, Digital News Producer/Blogger

Mike Roe is the lead writer for KPCC's pop culture blog, Without A Net. When he's not busy being a journalist, he writes and performs comedy around L.A.

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