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Hart Family Member Says Jerry Lawler Was “Clinically Dead” For Twenty Minutes

Smith Hart, brother of WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart, says he was told by a friend backstage at Monday’s Raw at Centre Bell in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that Jerry Lawler was “clinically dead” for twenty minutes before being revived by a defibrillator.

He wrote on Twitter, “According to my friend Jeremy Prophet who was backstage at RAW, Jerry was clinically dead for 20 min before being brought back by defibrilat.”

According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, clinical death is the medical term for cessation of blood circulation and breathing, which are two necessary criteria to sustain life. This occurs when the heart stops beating in a regular rhythm and is also known as cardiac arrest.

Hart noted that “it has been confirmed that Jerry did suffer a heart attack.” Since medical personnel were at ringside, Lawler was able to receive immediate treatment.

According to Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer, Lawler remains in stable condition. He is breathing on his own and his heart is beating on its own, but is considered not out of danger.

  • rob

    How long do you have to be medically dead to suffer severe brain damage?

  • uncfipp

    If CPR is done correctly oxygen is still getting to the brain so it MAY NOT happen as fast. If you no oxygen gets to the brain, and it’s as little as 4 minutes

  • uncfipp

    Last sentence should say…. If no oxygen gets to the brain, brain damage can occur in as little as 4 minutes

  • http://Wrestlenewz.com DeanDuck

    Jerry’s situation could’ve been much worse. Since he suffered the heart attack at work, the EMT’s & other medical personnel were right there. He got initial treatment immediately, which no doubt saved his life. Here’s hoping & praying a speedy recovery for Jerry “The King” Lawler.

  • TheBigMan

    Thank God the medical staff were there and able to treat him quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with The King and his family. Hope to see him make a full recovery.

  • Kerwin White is Jebus

    Whoever keeps thumbing down these comments wishing Lawler well seriously needs to stop. This is no longer about a tv show but a man’s life.

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