Gallagher has been taken out of a medically-induced coma, his promotional manager announced Sunday morning. He added that the comedy legend was laughing and telling jokes after the doctors slowly brought him back to consciousness.
Veteran comedian Leo Anthony Gallagher, popularly known as “Gallagher” on stage, was awake and in high spirits following a heart attack in Texas earlier this week. His promotional manager, Christina Scherrer, told reporters Sunday that the watermelon-smashing icon was breathing on his own, telling jokes and moving around after he was taken out of a medically-induced coma.
Scherrer added that the 65-year-old star comedian was already showing signs of his regular self to friends and family. "We're not sure how long the doctors will want him to stay yet," Scherrer said, adding hopefully. "So far so good, can't wait to have him back!"
Scherrer added that Gallagher was thankful for all the support from his family and was touched by the concern and prayers of his fans.
Gallagher was at a Lewisville bar, near Dallas, moments before he was supposed to perform on stage Wednesday night when he experienced intense chest pains. The bar owner called 911 and he was rushed to a local hospital and was placed in a medically-induced coma after immediate aid. His manager said in a statement that the comic suffered a "mild to serious" heart attack and would be placed in a medically-induced coma to let his body recover from the attack.
He also had two stents replaced after collapsing Wednesday before a performance Wednesday night, his manager added.
"They told us this was more severe," Karl Maahs, manager of Speaking Rock club, in El Paso where Gallagher was scheduled to perform, as reported by the El Paso Times.
"They said he was unconscious. Last year was a pretty mild one," Maahs added at the time.
Gallagher also suffered a “minor heart attack” about one year ago when he collapsed on stage during a performance at Whiskey Bone Roadhouse in Minnesota. It is not yet known when the funnyman will return to performing, but he reportedly has no plans to retire any time soon.
Gallagher made his mark as a comedian during the 1980s and since then has received many awards for his act. He has many TV specials to his credit and was named one of the 100 Comedians of all-time greats list by Comedy Central.