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UPDATEx16: Jerry Lawler Reportedly Collapses at Commentary on Raw

September 11, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

UPDATE x16: A man identified as a “close friend” of Jerry Lawler says that he complained of chest pains last week. The man, Joe Cooper, reportedly says that Lawler dismissed the pain as indigestion.

Lawler’s family is planning a gathering on Thursday to pray for Lawler at Raleigh Springs Mall in Memphis at 7 PM.

Credit: WREG.com

UPDATE x15: Stacy “The Kat” Carter posted the following via Facebook:

I have an update on Jerry. The docs are removing his ventilation & taking him out of sedation. He is responsive, which is great!!! It took a while to revive him last night so there’s the concern of brain damage. He had some tests done which will show how much if any damage there is due to the lack of oxygen to his brain. Unfortunately, the results won’t be in until in the morning. I appreciate all the calls, texts, tweets, & Facebook messages of support & I know Jerry will too. Thanks everybody!!

UPDATE x14: PWInsider reports that Jerry Lawler is currently sedated and on a ventilator following his procedure to aid in his breathing. Doctors plan to take Lawler off the device as soon as possible.

Brian Lawler (Brian Christopher) and his girlfriend are now with Lawler in Montreal.

UPDATE x13: According to , friends of Jerry Lawler’s family say that Lawler had three stents put in Monday night following a heart attack. Lawler still has not spoken since passing out during Raw.

UPDATE x12: WWE posted the following update on Jerry Lawler…

LATEST UPDATE: 9/11/12, 12:20 p.m.

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

UPDATE x11: Jerry Lawler’s ex-wife Stacy Carter provided an update regarding Lawler’s, posting the following on Twitter

“He had a stint and balloon put in. Right now he is still heavily sedated. Will update when I know more.”

UPDATE x10: Jerry Lawler is expected to undergo a minor procedure today, where he will have a stent placed in his heart. The procedure will be done as soon as he is physically able to go through it. Lawler’s girlfriend is flying to Montreal this morning to be with him.

Credit: Pwinsider.com

UPDATE x9: WWE.com released the following official statement on Jerry Lawler’s condition…

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.

UPDATE x8: Wrestlingobserver reports that it is confirmed that jerry Lawler suffered a heart attack on Raw last night. He is not completely out of danger, but is breathing on his own and his heart is beating on his own.

Smith Hart posted the following on Twitter about the situation..

“According to my friend Jeremy Prophet who was backstage at RAW, Jerry was clinically dead for 20 min before being brought back by defibrilat.”

UPDATE 7: PWInsider has more information on what went down as Lawler’s medical emergency began. The site notes that Lawler had a long day of travel from Aruba to Raw in Montreal, though it isn’t know if that was a factor. One fan at ringside noted Lawler seemed as if he began snoring just before he collapsed and before that had spoken with an employee at ringisde. Lawler then grabbed his arm and turned blueish, which could be indicative of a heart attack, as he fell.

EMTs and WWE medical personnel were immediately on the scene and administered medical assistance. Lawler was rushed backstage after being put on a stretcher and was taken to the hospital. The roster was very shaken up by the whole situation backstage.

UPDATE 6: Fox Sports says that according to a source close to the situation, Jerry Lawler is believed to have suffered a heart attack or (more likely) a stroke. The source noted that Lawler was able to get immediate treatment due to the medical personnel being at ringside.

Jim Ross also tweeted about the incident, posting:

know what you know re: Jerry Lawler’s medical condition. My dear friend will fight. Please pray for him. We’re all hurting.

No updates on the King. Hospitalized in Montreal. Tests being done. Going to be a long night here in (Oklahoma). Wish I was in Montreal. Pray.

UPDATE 5: Michael Cole announced at the end of Monday’s WWE Raw that Jerry Lawler’s condition had stabilized. Cole said Lawler was breathing on his own and his heart was beating on its own. He again noted that Lawler was waiting for a CT scan.

UPDATE 4: PW Torch has spoken to Lawler’s long-time friend and business partner Randy Hales, who says that Lawler hasn’t had any recent health issues and has seemed very happy and healthy, staying active thanks to the help of a twenty-something girlfriend.

The site adds that according to Michael Cole, Lawler is responsive and reacting to light. He’s in an isolated part of the emergency room and is waiting to undergo a cat scan.

Cole said, “In typical Jerry Lawler fashion, he is fighting hard…Come on, King, get through this.”

UPDATE 3: Michael Cole has returned to commentary and said that Jerry Lawler passed out at ringside and collapsed. Cole said that Lawler has been taken to a local hospital and is receiving oxygen and is breathing on his own. Cole said that their prayers are with him and that out of respect, there will be no further commentary for the show.

UPDATE 2: Bryan Alvarez has posted the following:

Apparently there is some discussion of scrapping the rest of the show

Cole pulled off commentary

UPDATE: F4WOnline reports that Lawler had was appeared like a seizure and he was carried back to the backstage area. The crew is cleaning the floor; Lawler may have vomited and he did fall off his chair.

The report says that backstage during the commercial break, people were “running all over the place seemingly not knowing what to do.”

ORIGINAL: Arda Ocal of The Score has noted on Twitter that Jerry Lawler looks to have collapsed while doing commentary at Raw. Ocal posted:

Something is going on with Jerry Lawler right now at the commentary table… It looks like he collapsed. Not part of show.

He is being carried away by personnel to the backstage area. He appeared unconscious as he was being carried.

I sincerely hope Jerry is OK. When I looked over he was hunched over convulsing in his seat and collapsed, then multiple ppl carried him out

More on this story as soon as we know anything.

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