WWE’s Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque recovering after ‘cardiac event’

WWE executive vice president and professional wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque is recovering from surgery following a “cardiac event” last week, the sports entertainment company announced.

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Levesque, 52, is the WWE’s executive vice president of global talent strategy and development, Sports Illustrated reported. His duties include being the executive producer of the NXT and NXT UK brands.

“Paul Levesque, a k a Triple H, underwent a successful procedure last week at Yale-New Haven Hospital following a cardiac event,” WWE said in a statement. “The episode was caused by a genetic heart issue and Paul is expected to make a full recovery.”

Levesque is best known for his work inside the ring as Triple H, or Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Variety reported. He debuted for the company in April 1995 and has held the promotion’s world heavyweight championship, intercontinental title and tag team belt multiple times, according to the website.

As Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Levesque portrayed a snobby, upper-class aristocrat who claimed to have royal blood, People reported. His character evolved into a leather jacket-clad, motorcycle-riding villain, Triple H, according to the magazine.

Levesque has not been active in the ring since 2019, Sports Illustrated reported, when he competed four times: he faced Batista at WrestleMania 35, wrestled Randy Orton at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia, and appeared at two house shows in Japan, according to the magazine.

Levesque and WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of company CEO Vince McMahon Jr., have been married since 2003, according to Sports Illustrated. They have three daughters together -- Aurora Rose, Murphy Claire, and Vaughn Evelyn, Variety reported.