Comedian Gallagher recovering from heart attack

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Friday, March 11, 2011; 9:37 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Gallagher's manager says the comedian is recovering from a minor heart attack after collapsing during a performance in Minnesota.

Craig Marquado said Friday that Gallagher will remain hospitalized at least one more night. He says Gallagher's two performances scheduled for Friday night in Illinois have been postponed.

Todd Powers, owner of Whiskey Bone's Roadhouse in Rochester, said the 64-year-old collapsed in the middle of a show there Thursday night.

A witness, Chris Blade, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that Gallagher had complained of pain in his left arm and shortness of breath earlier in the evening. Blade said Gallagher was responsive when emergency crews were taking him out of the club.

Gallagher, whose real name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, is best known for smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer.


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