Grammer says heart attack gave him chance to "re-tool"

Cast member Kelsey Grammer from the show "Hank" answers questions during the Disney and ABC Television Group panels at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Kelsey Grammer said on Saturday that his heart attack last year was probably the result of stress and that it had given him a chance to re-tool his life.

Grammer, 54, best-known for his roles in the TV sitcoms “Frasier” and “Cheers”, has said he almost died of the heart attack in May 2008. Six weeks later he was back in the hospital after feeling faint.

The health scares followed close on the cancellation of his 2008 TV comedy series “Back to You”, in which he played a pompous TV news anchor, after just one season.

“There is obviously some connection to one’s life and the stress that takes place in one’s life,” Grammer told television reporters on Saturday.

He said doctors had examined his arteries and found no blockages and no high cholesterol levels that would explain a heart attack.

“I had an event they think was stress related. You can make of that what you will.

“It was not a great year...Maybe it was my time to get re-tooled a bit. It was probably a great thing. I am now healthier, stronger, faster...Things are really looking good,” he said.

Grammer is to star in a new comedy “Hank” on the ABC television channel from September, in which he plays a wealthy New York businessman who loses his money in the stock market crash and has to downsize.