Kelsey Grammer has heart attack in Hawaii

Mon Jun 2, 2008 5:38pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kelsey Grammer, best known from his long-running sitcom "Frasier," suffered a mild heart attack during the weekend in Hawaii, three weeks after his latest show was canceled, his publicist said on Monday.

Grammer, 53, experienced chest pains on Saturday morning while paddle-boarding with his wife, Camille, off the Kona coast of Hawaii's Big Island, where they have a second home, spokesman Stan Rosenfield told Reuters.

The actor was immediately taken to an area hospital, where "it was determined that he had a mild heart attack," Rosenfield added in a statement.

Rosenfield said the actor was now resting and will be released from the hospital early this week. He declined to give further details of Grammer's condition or his medical treatment other than to say the actor had otherwise been in good health.

Grammer's heart attack came three weeks after he learned that the Fox network was canceling his new show, "Back to You," in which he starred as a pompous, womanizing TV news anchor named Chuck Darling. The series only made it for one season.

But Grammer could be headed for a quick return to prime time after having been cast recently in a new comedy pilot for ABC titled "Roman's Empire," as the overbearing head of a wealthy family.

Rosenfield said Grammer's recovery from his heart attack "shouldn't have any effect on (the pilot) whatsoever."

Grammer gained fame portraying the snooty but lovable psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane for 20 years on NBC, first as a supporting player on the NBC comedy hit "Cheers" and for 11 more seasons as the star of his own Emmy-winning spinoff series, "Frasier."   Continued...

<p>Kelsey Grammer arrives at Radio City Music Hall for a presentation of new and returning NBC shows, in New York, May 16, 2005. REUTERS/Bill Davila</p>