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Video Shows Melon-Smashing Comedian Gallagher Collapse on MN Stage


ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- Comedian Gallagher is hospitalized in Minnesota after collapsing during a performance.

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

Gallagher's manager, Craig Marquardo, says the comedian is in stable condition and will be hospitalized overnight. He says he doesn't yet know what caused Gallagher to collapse.

A video posted on TMZ.com shows the collapse, right after the comedian performs one of his famous smashings and yells, "And the rockets red glare!" (Click on the picture to watch the video:)

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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