Hall of Famer to be released from hospital

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August 15, 2006

Following emergency heart surgery on Aug. 6, WWE.com has learned that WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has successfully recovered and will be released from his Montreal hospital on Wednesday.

This update comes more than one week after Patterson underwent four-hour heart surgery to remove a cyst from his main artery.

According to Patterson's close friend, WWE Superstar Sylvan, Patterson had been experiencing some pain in his back prior to the surgery that led him to the hospital.

"I met [Patterson] for dinner and he was complaining about back problems," Sylvan said. "The next day, he spent the day with his sister in Montreal and the pain was worse and getting worse to the point where he couldn't sit down straight and couldn't walk straight; his sister convinced him to go to the hospital. They went to the hospital, and the doctors found a big cyst on the main artery [of his heart] the size of a baseball, rarely seen that big," he said.

Making his WWE debut in 1979, Pat Patterson was the first-ever Intercontintental Champion. One of the most respected grapplers in sports-entertainment history, Patterson retired from full-time competition in 1984.

After transitioning to announcer, Patterson went on to play a significant role in the transformation of WWE from a wrestling company into an international entertainment sensation. Patterson currently works behind the scenes with young talent as both a producer and mentor.

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