Gallagher Heart Attack: What Led to His Ticker Problem?

    March 16, 2012
    Heather Campobello
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Yesterday we reported that produce smashing comedian Leo Anthony Gallagher suffered a heart attack at Hat Trick, a club in Texas that he was scheduled to perform at later that night. This is not the retro comedian’s first heart attack and his latest impairment may have been brought on by mounting stressors in his life.

Gallagher suffered a heart attack almost exactly one year ago at a club in Minnesota while he was on stage; this shocked and frightened the audience.

Gallagher’s manager said that the heart attack was mild to serious and that the star will remain in a Dallas hospital for a few days.

The comedian continues to sell out performances but he has been taking a lot of flack for jesting at homosexuals. Gallagher agreed to appear on WTF with Marc Maron and was badgered until he walked out of the interview. Maron was relentless in suggesting that Gallagher had made a living by degrading homosexuals. Throughout the entire segment Gallagher sounded tense and ready to scream. YouTube users commented on the WTF video that Maron was unreasonable and slanted in his approach.

Another stressor that Gallagher has been living with for years is his problematic relationship with his younger brother Ron. In the early nineties, Leo Gallagher was on top of the world, an internationally recognized comedian with an ever expanding fan base thanks to his Sledge-O-Matic routine. At the same time his brother, Ron Gallagher, was unemployed and down on his luck. The two brothers came to an arrangement. Ron would begin performing Leo’s routine, adopting Leo’s onstage persona as his own. The brothers looked so much alike you would think they were twins. Ron would work the small clubs and out-of-the-way venues that Leo was too big and too busy to perform at. But Ron became greedy and took his impersonations too far- attempting to take away some of Leo’s business and key performances. He started calling his act Gallagher Two and audience members began to think they were seeing Leo, when it was actually Ron; Gallagher fired back and sued him.

At 65 years old this funny man might be in need of some serious R&R. He was scheduled to perform tonight but those appearances are being postponed.

Gallagher became famous after making several appearances on The Tonight Show while host Johnny Carson was absent.

  • Bob

    I saw Gallagher in Myrtle Beach a few years ago. He referenced his prior heart attack at that point, and had the audience do the sledge-o-matic part of the routine. Someone grabbed the original sledge-o-matic with it’s now slime covered iron pipe handle. After swinging at the proverbial watermelon, the Sledge-o-matic slipped out of the hands of the audience member and hit someone in the front row. Gallagher went to the hospital with the not-seriously injured patron.

  • Jordan

    Marc was not being unreasonable in the interview. It’s a podcast for interviewing comedians, and Marc challenged Gallagher and his ultra hacky ways, calling him on using offensive and unfunny street jokes. Gallagher is a loser.

  • http://hotmail.com kathy peterson

    We saw gallagher in 2010 at the comedy quarter in appleton wi he was very funny and afterwards took a picture with my son daughter inlaw and myself after my son gave him a small gift. We were hoping for a return performance but it looks like that will not be happening. but we would like to wish him good health good luck, and good times and to thank him for years of laughter and for me a very nice birthday menory.