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King DiamondDanish metal legend King Diamond, vocalist of the highly influential band Mercyful Fate as well as the band which bears his name King Diamond, recently underwent open heart triple bypass surgery after being transported to the hospital on November 29th.  His wife and bandmate Livia Zita has issued the following statement:

Let me catch you all up on the past couple of weeks’ happenings, because it affects many things.

On Monday the 29th of November, 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…”

To read the rest of the statement click here.

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