ROCHESTER, Minn. —–“No Laughing Matter” — Comedian Gallagher is recovering from a minor heart attack in a Minnesota hospital after he collapsed on stage during a performance Thursday.
Gallagher’s manager, Craig Marquardo said the stand-up performer will remain hospitalized at least one more night while doctors keep him under observation.
The 64-year-old Gallagher was performing at the Whiskey Bone’s Roadhouse in Rochester when according to Todd Powers, the bar’s owner, Gallagher fainted on stage.
Powers told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that Gallagher was moved to a booth where he put cold towels on his head while the comedian was laying in the booth.
Eventually feeling better, he returned to the stage to finish the performance.
Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, during his famous “Sledge-O-Matic” routine Gallagher collapsed on stage while holding his chest.
Several witnesses say that the comedian had complained of pain in his left arm and a shortness of breath earlier in the evening.
Witness Chris Blade told the Bulletin that Gallagher was awake and responsive when paramedics arrived.
Gallagher was scheduled to perform two shows in Illinois, which had to be postponed.
Gallagher whose real name is Leo Anthony Gallagher is best known for decimating watermelons with a large wooden sledgehammer while covering his audience in watermelon shrapnel.Tags: comedian, Gallagher, heart attack, Hospialized, Minnesota, news, Rochester