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Gallagher stops melon smashing after heart attack

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Gallagher takes a breather

Comedian Gallagher was rushed to a Texas hospital earlier this week after a heart attack, just a year after a similar incident at the Minnesota club. Is it time for the jokester to slow down?

Gallagher suffers heart attackWho knew that smashing watermelons on dozens of waiting fans was such an intense physical exercise? Gallagher, the comedian known for his love of melons, is "slowly recovering" after suffering a heart attack outside a Texas club.

"We will not know the outcome until sometime tomorrow," his manager, Christine Scherrer, said in a statement.

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The 65-year-old comedian was at the Hat Tricks club near Dallas when he was rushed to the hospital, she continued. "His family is with him and Hat Tricks has been unbelievable with the help and support with everything."

Gallagher, real name Leo Anthony Gallagher, also collapsed a year ago during a show in Rochester, Minnesota. He left the stage for a short time and then returned.

"He started to feel better, and tried to finish," his manager said at the time.

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The aging comedian has garnered criticism in recent years for his homophobic and sometimes racist routines. A reporter for TheStranger.com was following him for a profile when he went into a gay rant during a 2010 show.

"You have your hat backward," Gallagher remarked to a man in the front row. "Are you a homosexual? Because it seems you have a problem figuring out the front from the back." Big laugh. "I see people every day I can't figure out what sex they are."

He also berated President Obama and the late Senator Ted Kennedy during the same set.

"Hey, President Obama," he said angrily. "You ain't black. I don't care what you say — you're a latte. You're half whole-milk. It could be goat milk — you could be a terrorist!"

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You get the idea. Maybe if he relaxed a little bit, he wouldn't have so many heart problems? Just a thought. Regardless, we hope he gets better and back to melon smashing in a jiffy.

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