David Arquette's sister Patricia says he had a heart attack before his return to wrestling

Patricia Arquette, the older sister of fellow actor David Arquette, says her brother had a heart attack prior to his “wrestling death match” in November, which resulted in his hospitalization.

The Oscar-winning actress appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show on Thursday, where she discussed David’s long-standing passion for wrestling and how it concerned her when the revelation about his health emerged last year. 

“Well, first of all, you know, he was the World Champion of Wrestling many, many years ago,” she began, referencing his 2000 victory. “So this is a revival of his wrestling career.”

“And so he started wrestling again and it is scary, you know?” Patricia added. “I mean, he’s older now. He had a heart attack, and now he’s wrestling.”

Like his championship, DeGeneres’ was also unaware of David’s heart attack, responding, “When did he have a heart attack?! I didn’t know that.”


Patricia went on to state that the attack happened “a year ago. A year and half ago?”

The 50-year-old actress, who was visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote her new Hulu show, The Act, revealed just how scared she is for her brother’s well-being following his ill-fated return to wrestling.

“It really scares me, so I don’t actually watch the matches,” she said. “Because [it] would terrify me too much.”

On Nov. 19, David shared a lengthy post on Twitter explaining his recent injury and hospitalization, readily admitting that he got in over his head at the “wrestling death match.”

"The main reason I got injured was because of my lack of experience - don’t try this at home," he wrote, also stating, “As some of you might have seen, last week I was injured in a wrestling death match. I wanted to make sure to address the photos and videos that have surfaced from the event, as this is not the type of wrestling you watch on TV.” 

He added that, although he is more than ready to return to wrestling again someday soon, it won’t be quite as intense as the event where he was injured.

“I want to thank all of my fans, friends, and family for their love and support over the last few days. I am looking forward to getting back into the ring, under much different circumstances -- in the near future,” he continued. “However, my priority and full-time dedication will always be to acting and producing, and I look forward to sharing some of my exciting new projects in 2019. With love, David Arquette.”

Patricia spoke with ET at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she won for her supporting role in Escape from Dannemora, once again sharing her concern for her brother in light of his dangerous hobby, while also voicing her support for him.

It terrifies us a bit as a family, you know, we really are kind of scared but also excited and it’s beautiful,” she said. “I mean, David has lived his life to the fullest and this is something that he’s always truly loved.” 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Patricia Arquette (L) and David Arquette attend Los Angeles Unified School District 'We Are One!' Benefit Concert at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on April 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: David Arquette and Patricia Arquette attend 'Survivors Guide To Prison' New York Premiere at The Landmark at 57 West on February 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Actors David Arquette, Patricia Arquette and Rosanna Arquette pose at the after party for a special screening of 'Boyhood' at the Ipic Theatre on July 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 08: (L-R) Actors David Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Alexis Arquette, Richmond Arquette and Patricia Arquette attend the 2014 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles opening night screening of 'Sold' held at the ArcLight Cinemas on April 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors David Arquette (L) and Patricia Arquette attend The Art of Elysium's 6th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Audi at 2nd Street Tunnel on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors David Arquette (L) and Patricia Arquette attend The Art of Elysium's 6th Annual HEAVEN Gala presented by Audi at 2nd Street Tunnel on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 27: Actress Patricia Arquette and actor David Arquette are seen arriving at the GiveLove Charity Event at 1 Oak on January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 27: Actors David Arquette, Rosetta Getty, Balthazir Getty, Patricia Arquette, singer Katy Perry, Jason Arashben and Markus Molinari arrive to celebrate the grand opening of 1 OAK Las Vegas and the GiveLove charity event at 1 OAK at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 27: Patricia Arquette and David Arquette attend the 1 OAK Las Vegas Nightclub Grand Opening at the Mirage on January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 27: Patricia Arquette and David Arquette attend the 1 OAK Las Vegas Nightclub Grand Opening at the Mirage on January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
David Arquette & Patricia Arquette attending the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actors Patricia Arquette and David Arquette attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: David Arquette and Patricia Arquette attend the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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