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King Diamond Undergoes Open Heart Triple Bypass Surgery

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Danish heavy metal legend King Diamond recently underwent an open heart triple bypass surgery, which he is reportedly recovering from well. A message from his wife reads as follows:

"Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks' happenings, because it affects many things. On Monday, November 29th, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.

"Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages. After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.

"The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.

"If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics. The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King's case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood.

"The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.

"King's surgery took approximately seven hours.

"Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.

"He would like to mention here that he's eternally grateful for the wonderful staff at Centennial Medical Center who took care of him. Dr. Kourlis, Dr. Kamili, Dr. Alang, Nurse Christie and Nurse Thomas among many others made sure that he got the best care and attention he could ever have hoped for.

"They were always very nice to me too, letting me stay overnight in the ICU after visiting hours were over.

"In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice.

"He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he's not thinking about them.

"Please understand that the King Diamond band is not stopping, disbanding or anything of the sort. King's health is first priority, and when everything is going good with him, the music will resume.

"Thank you all very much for reading this and STAY HEAVY."

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1. Felice Debra Eliscu writes:

It's nice to hear his recovery is going well :)>;..

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2. Marshbunny writes:

Hope you have a speedy recovery....Long live the king!

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 9:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. b.bristowe writes:

Don't get to take part in one of those every day.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. wilco writes:

recover fast king
and get back on the road next year

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 10:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. hellrat writes:

goddamn

terrible circumstance, but it was caught just in time

fvcking very happy that Kim is gonna stick around

one hell of a nice guy

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 11:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. zarathustra_999 writes:

Back problems...heart surgery. I hope nothing else so he could tour again.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 11:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. spiral_architect writes:

the breastbone was cut and split in half to expose the heart......veins were harvested......the heart is stopped.......surgeons sew harvested veins........an electric pulse restarts the heart. WOW! it sounds like one of king diamond's ghastly songs! i think he has enough material now for a brand new concept album! you're a living legend, shermann, stay away from the fast food and get better soon!

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 11:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. spiral_architect writes:

the breastbone was cut and split in half to expose the heart.......veins were harvested......the heart is stopped.......surgeons sew harvested veins........an electric pulse restarts the heart. GHASTLY! it sounds like one of king diamond's own horrific songs! i think he has enough material now to inspire a brand new conecpt album! you're a living legend, kim! ....... stay away from the fast food and get better soon!

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 11:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MB writes:

Get will King!!!!!

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 2:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Tony Hamilton writes:

Well even if this means its over for him...at least he has had a very FULL career. I hope it does not mean its over though.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. BrianMN writes:

This sucks, get better King, the metal world needs you.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 8:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. thadeus writes:

Get well my friend.Best wishes to you and your wife.

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 9:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. deathfreak writes:

how much fast food did he halve

# Dec 12, 2010 @ 11:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. hellrat writes:

Oz my friend....it IS sunday, and it IS getting close to christmas....might there soon be a Black present from the North under the METAL tree? ;)

Seriously, thanks for heads up on the King

NP---Witches Dance---MF

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 1:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Miike Mandrake writes:

Wishing The King well !!!
You are in all of our hearts !
A true legend Take your time and recover .
My aunt just passed away from a heart attack .
We both need to give up the smokes!
Eternal love to the King!

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 2:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. adityeah writes:

get well soon king

LONG LIVE THE KING

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 3:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

that does sound like a new king album the way they described it. I hope he tours as soon as he can but as long as he is fully recoverd HAIL THE KING

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Comment writes:

awesome! the king is recovering! this would really have been bad news if he passed away. we don't need another musician gone. looking forward to King Diamond tours/albums in the future.

# Dec 13, 2010 @ 5:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Lundtang writes:

My mom passed away in January, my aunt i July. I'm 21. Please King. Stay!

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. fresh fist still in your face fuckers writes:

FU CK OFF ALL THE HATERS WHO HATE AX7! IF YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH ME DEATHBRINGER FVCKING BRING IT b****! KING DIAMOND IS KOOL. BUT IM COOLER. mY GIRL LIKES TO SUCK MY DI CK. AX7 WILL RULE THE WORLD FOREVER.

NP BAT COUNTRY

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 7:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. ↑ your girl likes to suck my dick to writes:

who gives a f*** about ax7.

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 8:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. hellrat writes:

ha!^ a fvcking human dildo :)

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 8:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. hellrat writes:

ah sh**...sorry bud

the steely dan stands pleading at #20

# Dec 14, 2010 @ 8:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Triforce writes:

King Diamond can't be killed, no worries bros.

# Dec 15, 2010 @ 1:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. decapitator94 writes:

"I've been watching Lucy all week..."

Get well soon King!

# Dec 15, 2010 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. metal-man writes:

get well soon man.

# Dec 15, 2010 @ 8:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Rubyred writes:

Splendid news and may the haunting KING DIAMOND legend get the necessary "rest & continue healing" he so needs. Peace!

# Dec 15, 2010 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Blindgreed1 writes:

Hey fresh fist: You still juggling hairy meatballs on your chin?

# Dec 16, 2010 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. KISSINGDIAMOND writes:

I'm on the King's page all the time and was shocked when I first heard. He had been talking about touring later this coming year, I think we are looking at more like 2012 now. Get Well and Blessed Be.

# Dec 17, 2010 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Blindgreed1 writes:

Hey fresh fist: If you're still blowing dogs for quarters don't reply...

# Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. does it matter writes:

So do you think he was praying in the hospital?

# Dec 23, 2010 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. HE HE HE HE writes:

Sure hope he recovers fully....oh man all the sh** man, this is a wake up call for all of us about to hit the big 40...f*** man!!! lol...stay healthy!!!

# Dec 26, 2010 @ 10:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. FRESH FIST IN BLINDGREEDS FUCKING FACE AND BACK writes:

YOUR A GOD DAMN DOUCHE WHY CANT YOU JUST ADMIT THAT AX7 IS WAY BETTER THAN KING DIAMOND OR MERCYFUL FATE COULD EVER WISH THEY COULD BE BY THE WAY YOUR MOM IS STILL BLOWING MY DOG FOR JIS QUARTERS I GUESS LIKE SON LIKE MOTHER FVCKER

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