• 02/20/2013 (4:52:23 pm)
  • Bob Mulrenin

Thanks to Mike Informer

(WMC-TV) - The images were broadcast on television around the world as Jerry "The King" Lawler collapsed outside a wrestling ring.  He was the victim of a sudden heart attack.

What many people never saw is what happened behind the scenes the night "The King" went down.  

"My heart didn't beat for 20 minutes and had to be shocked back to life," said Jerry Lawler.  "Had I not been where I was, on television, worldwide television with a physician right there ringside then I would literally be dead right now."

Lawler went into sudden cardiac arrest in Canada during Monday Night Raw.  He had just wrestled in a tag team match when he sat down at the announcers' table and slumped over.

That was six months ago.

"Honestly, Janice, the weird thing about it is I have not had one ill aftereffect. I've not felt bad," he told Action News 5's Janice Broach.

Lawler says there was very little scarring or damage to his heart.

He says his heart attack was not caused by blocked arteries. It was textbook cardiac arrest.

Jerry Lawler's father died at age 59, after seven heart attacks.  His brother is on a list for a heart transplant right now.

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