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Wrestling commentator Jerry 'The King' Lawler collapses at event in Montreal

09/10/2012 11:15 EDT | Updated 11/10/2012 05:12 EST
MONTREAL - Professional wrestling commentator Jerry "The King" Lawler collapsed at a World Wrestling Entertainment event at Montreal's Bell Centre on Monday night.

WWE.com says Lawler collapsed at the announcers' table and was tended to in the locker-room area by WWE medical staff.

The website says Lawler was taken from the arena to hospital.

Broadcast partner Michael Cole addressed the event's television audience and said that the situation is "serious" but that Lawler was breathing on his own.

The 62-year-old Lawler, who mainly works on WWE broadcasts as a commentator, was involved in a match earlier on Monday night's broadcast.

"I'm shaken by the news of my friend Jerry Lawler's medical emergency in Montreal," tweeted longtime broadcast partner Jim Ross. "Hands shaking. Prayers for the King. I feel helpless."

Tweeted former WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels: "I've just heard about Jerry Lawler!! Time for prayer everybody!! We're here for you King, God Bless!!"