View Full Version : King Diamond undergoes open heart triple bypass surgery

Travis The Dragon
12-11-2010, 03:18 PM
Livia Zita, the wife of the 54-year-old legendary Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond (real name: Kim Bendix Petersen; MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND), has issued the following update:

"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.

"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 two 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."SOURCE (http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=150748)

KD, you're in my prayers! Get well soon!

12-11-2010, 03:27 PM
Oh my God. :snivel: Get well soon, King! :horns:

12-11-2010, 03:29 PM
Shit. I'm really over this whole shitty metal news for 2010. Let's get 2011 here already!!!

12-11-2010, 03:44 PM

WE can't lost anymore heroes in Metal this year. COME ON!

12-11-2010, 03:58 PM
Damn. That's been kept quiet for the last 10 days! Sounds like he's doing well though.

12-11-2010, 04:04 PM
Damn, get well soon King!

12-11-2010, 04:09 PM
Get well soon, King! :horns:

12-11-2010, 04:27 PM
Here's to 2011 the year where no metal musician dies or has health problems.

Also nice looking wife King.

12-11-2010, 04:27 PM
Shhiiiiiiiiit. C'mon King, get better. :(

12-11-2010, 04:29 PM
:eek: Get will soon Bendix.

12-11-2010, 05:42 PM
Pretty scary news, but I am hoping King has a speedy recovery! :)

12-11-2010, 06:34 PM
Hope he makes a full recovery. :(

12-11-2010, 07:11 PM
This bad news is getting to be a bit too much.. :(

12-11-2010, 07:32 PM
This is scary news but it's a good thing he got the procedure done. My grandpa had a double bypass 15 years ago and it's added a lot of years onto his life. King has passed the critical stage of surviving the surgery and is ten days removed from it, so at least he's awake, aware and moving around. That alone is a good sign.

He will be healthier once he fully recovers from this and he'll be able to tour again but it'll still be awhile before that happens.

Get well soon King:metal::fist:

12-11-2010, 08:53 PM
Must see King atleast once before he retires!!!! Was going to see him a few years ago and that was same year he had back surgery. I feel I am being cheated seeing almost every other band I've ever wanted to see, but yet no king.

12-11-2010, 09:17 PM
I don't think there's too much to worry about if two days later he was "walking on his own strength." Nothing stops King Diamond :rocker:

12-11-2010, 09:34 PM
Thank god he seems to be ok now. :eek:

12-12-2010, 01:22 AM
get better. but you should quit music....yeah

12-12-2010, 01:24 AM
get better. but you should quit music....yeah

2nd month and ur already fucking up.

12-12-2010, 01:33 AM
2nd month and ur already fucking up.

i guess i should re-iterate what i meant by that. i meant it as in he should quit so the stress of performing doesn't put any strain on his heart. i enjoy king diamond...mercyful fate not so much

12-12-2010, 09:37 AM
i guess i should re-iterate what i meant by that. i meant it as in he should quit so the stress of performing doesn't put any strain on his heart. i enjoy king diamond...mercyful fate not so much

Actually with a full recovery he'll be healthier than he was before. That's what happened with my grandpa after he had his double bypass. With the bypass, the blood will be able to circulate through his system much better than before and he should be able to tour again. Touring will help his health since he'll burn a lot of calories up on stage. I wonder if the reason his arteries became so blocked had something to do with not touring for the last 5 years or so and doing nothing but sitting around because of his back problems?

I'd still give it a year or two before we hear anything about a tour.