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OTRC: Gallagher suffers another heart attack, 2nd in 11 days

Gallagher appears on a poster for his March 14, 2012 show at Hat Tricks Sports Bar in Texas. / Gallagher appears at the World Famous Comedy Store on Nov. 10, 2012. (Hat Tricks Sports Bar / Marcus Allen Ampersand, exclusive to OnTheRedCarpet.com)

Gallagher, a stage comedy performer known for smashing watermelons, recently suffered a mild heart attack - his second cardiac event in 11 days.

The 65-year-old, whose full name is Leo Anthony Gallagher, is conscious and is now in a hospital in Sedona, Arizona. His spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com: "He is recovering and doing well. He is with family."

Gallagher's latest heart attack occurred on Sunday and was spurred by complications from his previous one on March 14, his spokesperson told CNN. People who have suffered a heart attack have a larger chance of undergoing another one. Gallagher has had at least four since 2000.

The comedian, who has a chemical engineering degree and used to work at a plant, has been performing on the road for some 32 years, smashing watermelons and other messy objects with his trademarked Sledge-O-Matic. He recently talked about his plans to stop touring, adding that he would be open to performing at private events. He canceled a slew of performances after his March 14 heart attack.

Gallagher rose to fame in Los Angeles. He has written and produces several television specials and was at the peak of his career in the 1980s, when stage comedy in general was more popular and launched the acting careers of people such as Roseanne, Jerry Seinfeld and Bob Saget. These days, Gallagher spends much of his life off the screen and on the road, performing at clubs and bars across the country and also at military bases abroad.

He charges about $5,000 per show. He told CNN he is "tired" of performing at the bars. Comedians often battle drunk and untuly patrons. Gallagher said in a recent interview with 97.5FM WDCM radio in Marion, Ohio: "People are just loud and stupid. I'm just too smart and educated."

The comedian has also battled some financial problems in recent years. He has talked about them in media interviews. A 2000 heart attack left him ineligible for private health insurance. Hospital stays can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is unclear if Gallagher has any insurance today.

Also, declining real estate prices, spurred by the latest housing crisis, has made it difficult for him to pay his mortgages. Like many road comics, Gallagher spends a lot of nights at hotels. He told CNN that he will stop making payments on mortgages of his larger homes.

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