Billy Corgan Prays for WWE Star Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler Following Heart Attack
Billy Corgan's passion for professional wrestling is second only to his love of rock 'n' roll (and perhaps his fondness for a nice cup of tea), so it's only fitting that he was one of the first celebrities to express public support for longtime WWE commentator Jerry Lawler, who collapsed during a live match on Monday (Sept. 10).
"Prayers go out for our brother Jerry 'The King' Lawler," tweeted the Smashing Pumpkins founder after reports surfaced that Lawler suffered a heart attack during the match, which was being broadcast from Montreal as part of the series 'Monday Night Raw.' Given pro wrestling's propensity for blurring fact and fiction, the situation was even more surreal, with co-host Michael Cole warning onlookers, "This is not part of tonight's entertainment. This is a real-life situation."
Following Lawler's hospitalization, the WWE released a statement saying, "Jerry 'The King' Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during Monday night's broadcast of 'Monday Night Raw' in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family."