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Wrestling legend Lawler collapses ringside


Wrestling fans held their breath for their fallen favorite when Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack on Sept. 10 on the live television program Monday Night Raw.

The attack occured during a tag room match between wrestlers Kane and Daniel Bryan against the Prime Time Players. Fellow announcer Michael Cole made sure to keep the audience informed of Lawler's condition and made certain the audience knew this was not a part of the entertainment but rather a "serious" issue.

Lawler has since undergone angioplasty, which is a non-surgical method of treatment for the narrow arteries found in coronary heart diseases. This is an attempt to improve blood flow to the heart. Lawler was released the next day. No signs of brain damage were found and Lawler's condition has improved dramatically. He was released Sept. 17.

Lawler, who has had a wrestling career since 1970, had spent most of the past three decades as an announcer, only participating in matches sporadically. Lawler was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.

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