|Lawler suffered a heart attack but is in stable condition. (US Presswire)|
UPDATED (Sept. 11, 2012; 1:16 p.m. ET):
Jerry "The King" Lawler is in a cardiac care unit in Montreal and resting comfortable after suffering a heart attack Monday night, according to the WWE.
"We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future," the organization said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."
While broadcasting "WWE Monday Night Raw" in Montreal, Lawler, a longtime wrestler and wrestling commentator, collapsed at ringside and was transported to the hospital. But the wrestling organization said late Monday that his condition had stabilized, that he was breathing on his own and that his heart was beating on its own.
Medical personnel performed CPR on him at the arena, and after being whisked away to a local hospital, WWE announcer Michael Cole told fans on TV that Lawler is “more responsive” and that “he's reacting to lights in his eyes.” Cole said Lawler is waiting for a CAT scan and, “in typical Jerry Lawler fashion, he's fighting hard.”
Lawler, 62, had worked a match earlier in the evening, and he was helping broadcast the tag-team match between Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. The Primetime Players when he collapsed at the announcer's table. According to the WWE, he was taken backstage where he received CPR.
After giving an update on Lawler midway through the show, Cole said that, out of respect, there would be no additional commentary on "Raw."
Here's what his longtime broadcast partner, Jim Ross, had to say.
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.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 11, 2012