WORLD Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) commentator Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler had a suspected heart attack live on air in the US last night.
Although it is known for its over the top action and staged performances, WWE officials were quick to confirm the incident was not part of the scripted entertainment for the night.
The incident happened during a televised match during the ‘Monday night Raw’ programme, which is broadcast live.
Eye witnesses saw Lawler clutch his arm, before his head crashed into the announcers’ table.
He was then stretchered back stage by medical personal where CPR was performed. Throughout the incident the television cameras continued to focus on the in ring match.
However as the situation developed the broadcast quickly went off air, with commentator Michael Cole telling viewers after the break that CPR was being performed back stage on Lawler.
The rest of the programme was broadcast without any commentary.
The WWE has said Lawler’s condition has stabilised and that he is responding to stimuli, although he still remains in a coma.
WWE is currently trending on Twitter in Ireland as fans digest the news which broke overnight.
Lawler has worked with the wrestling organisation for almost 30 years.