Gray, 53, on the show since 2011, felt chest pains a week ago and had his first attack on the way to the hospital, a rep told “ET.” A failed stent procedure led to a second attack. Gray had his biggest heart attack, a so-called widowmaker, on the operating table, Variety reported.
That’s when doctors who had planned single-bypass surgery decided on the spot to perform a multiple-bypass operation, Gray’s wife Brittney told USA Today.
A vacation canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic may have saved Gray’s life, she noted.
“We were supposed to be in Thailand for our one-year wedding anniversary during this time,” Brittney Gray said. “If COVID-19 didn’t happen, we would have been on a plane back and he most likely would be dead. We jokingly – but not seriously – say that COVID-19 saved his life.”
Gray, the former host of the “The Weakest Link,” appeared to be in good health before the emergency, his wife said. “He has low cholesterol. He ran a mile the day before. No blood pressure problems, nothing. The doctor said this is most likely genetic. There are no signs beforehand – until the heart attack.”
A rep told “ET” that Gray would remain in Tucson until he is recovered enough to return to Los Angeles.
“The Price Is Right” has shut down production amid the pandemic.