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« on: September 10, 2012, 10:37:31 PM »

Apparently the WWE commentator Jerry Lawler has collapsed on live TV clutching his chest and convulsing. It took 7-10 men to carry him out to a stretcher. His co-commentator has been mostly silent and in tears. He was being given CPR and sent to the hospital. Apparently its serious...

Update: He is receiving oxygen and breathing on his own, but is still in serious condition.

Update: Still receiving oxygen, reacting to light. In isolated ER awaiting CT scan.

**While it is a scripted TV program, this wasn't part of it, he is 62 and had just wrestled a match earlier in the night, and collapsed later while commentating on another match**
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 11:15:26 PM »

Update: He has stabilized, he's breathing on his own and his heart is beating on its own, still preparing for a CT scan

This brought back terrible memories for all of us. At a PPV event in Kansas City in 1999, wrestler Owen Hart was supposed to fly in on a cable and his vest broke loose, causing him to fall 50ft, hit his head on the ring, he was killed almost instantly in front of thousands of people. His brother, Bret Hart wasn't with the company at the time, but was at the event tonight.

They ended up continuing the TV show but didn't do any commentary.

As said, this wasn't a part of the scripted TV show. The 62 year old commentator had performed in an earlier match, and returned to commentary where he clutched his chest, collapsed to the floor and began convulsing. The real doctors (who normally serve performers who are legitimately injured) were there almost immediately caring for him and he was carried back stage. His collapse was seen in the background of the camera, but the rest was not shown. Commentary had gone silent and they began focusing the camera close-in on the ring so viewers couldn't see what was going on. We weren't told about it officially until about 20-30 minutes later. All information was initially coming from the people who were seated in the front rows.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 11:32:40 PM »

Lord, have mercy on Jerry Lawler.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012, 12:16:41 AM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012, 12:38:26 AM »

Rumors (among talent backstage) are that it was a heart attack, probably induced by his match earlier in the night. But WWE has yet to officially confirm it. Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2012, 10:56:46 AM »

WWE has confirmed that it was in fact a heart attack. Other sources suggest that Jerry Lawler was clinically dead for about 20 minutes in the arena before they were finally able to revive him with a defibrillator before rushing him to a hospital in Montreal.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2012, 01:02:38 PM »

They were able to put in a stint and balloon, he's currently recovering. Thank the Lord he has been able to survive this. If it was as severe as we think, he is a really lucky man.

It's so shocking to be watching a TV program where you know things are scripted, and then have a real life tragedy happen. You could tell that while the wrestlers were still trying to act in character, but they still seemed dazed about what was going on.

Usually you can tell the difference between a "work" and a legitimate injury. If the injury is a "work" (a storyline, fictional injury) the cameras are usually all over the injured person and the commentators are playing off it. If the injury is legitimate and real, the cameras avoid the injured person and the commentators ignore it and continue commentating on whatever else is going on. This was a case where, even though the crowd was solely fixed on the tragedy, the wrestlers kept going and the cameras stayed on the wrestlers in the ring. Even the fellow commentator tried to continue commentary as they were taking Jerry away.
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