Comedian Leo Anthony Gallagher, famous for his smashing watermelons, suffered heart attack only hours before his performance in Texas scheduled on Wednesday. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. His manager told reporters the condition of his heart was dangerously critical.
Gallagher, 65, began to feel severe chest pain when he was preparing for his performance at the Hat Tricks Club in Louisville, Texas. The comedian called 911 immediately and was transported to a Dallas-area hospital. He will remain hospitalized until the result of the tests comes out.
His manager, Craig Marquardo, told TheWrap that Gallagher "had met a few fans and whatnot, and he was in the office (of Hat Tricks) when he felt a little tired. So he went in and sat down, and then (club employees) went in and checked on him and he wasn't feeling good, so they called an ambulance.” Marquardo further said, "He was feeling the onset of a heart attack. He just didn't know it at the time."
This is, however, not the first time the comedian has suffered a heart attack. In March 2011, Gallagher collapsed on the ground during his performance at Whiskey Bones Roadhouse in Rochester, Minnesota.
“That was a little bit more mild than this one,” Gallagher’s manager, Christine Scherrer, said comparing the attacks.
While the comic prop remains sedated at the hospital and is slowly recovering, Scherrer says the outcome of the condition will be unknown until sometime.
"His family is with him and Hat Tricks has been unbelievable with the help and support with everything," Scherrer added.
Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most famous comedians. He has a huge fan base and tours a lot. A big believer in his own abilities, Gallagher gained most of his popularity through a number of television comedy specials in the 1980s. Not so long ago, he ripped the comedic talents of everyone fromto in an interview with Oregonian.
Watching the big brother sprinting over the ladder of success, Ron Gallagher began impersonating Leo by performing similar comedy routines at various clubs. Leo Gallagher sued his younger brother, prohibiting any further impersonations. Recently, the comic prop came under fire due to his controversial racist and homophobic jokes including comments on French, Mexicans, Transsexuals, gays and also President Obama.
Due to the recent heart attack, his shows in Lewisville, El Paso and Woodlands have been postponed along with his performance in Hinton, Oklahoma, Bend and Portland, according to Scherrer.