Jerry "The King" Lawler will have heart surgery - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Jerry "The King" Lawler will have heart surgery

Posted: Updated:

(WMC-TV) - Jerry "The King" Lawler will have heart surgery Tuesday after suffering a heart attack during an WWE event Monday night.

The 62-year-old is in stable condition and is breathing on his own at a hospital in Montreal, Canada.

According to WWE.com, Lawler collapsed at the announcers' table and was given CPR before being rushed to a hospital in Montreal.

His girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, who lives in Memphis, issued this statement via Facebook:

"I'm getting on the first flight out of here to be with him and will keep everyone posted," McBride said.

Lawler's health scare hits close to home for us here at WMC-TV, too.  During his early career, Lawler wrestled right here in our studio during the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Since then, he has returned to the Mid-South for dozens of shows and events.

Tuesday morning, the World Wrestling Entertainments sent this statement to our newsroom:

"We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."

Fans across the Mid-South are also standing behind the king during this difficult time.

#PrayforLawler has been trending throughout the night on Twitter.

Stay with Action News 5 and WMCTV.COM as we will have updates on Lawler's condition throughout the day.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:08 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.