I couldn’t believe that either. The dude is 54 and he is pulling chicks younger than my chick, even. Her name is Livia Zita and according to her, King Diamond recently underwent major surgery.
On November 29, “King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and [with] the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.” What’s that, you ask? It’s a procedure where doctors insert a thin catheter into the heart, injecting dye into the bloodstream. A camera is then able to capture sonographic images of the heart’s arteries, and this helps doctors look 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-percent blocked, and the third was 65-percent blocked,” Zita says in a statement. “The only solution to this was an open-heart triple-bypass surgery.”
That’s some serious shit, man. Like, life and death shit. Man, I would’ve been so pissed if we lost Dio AND King Diamond in the same year. I’d just go on a rampage. Zita explained the procedure in short.
“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.”
The surgery took seven hours, and “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.”
Because he’s fucking metal, motherfucker. Of course he was walking on his own. “Ten 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.”
And that, my friends, is a crazy story. I am glad the King is still on the planet.