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Tributes pouring in for one-of-a-kind man
By MICHELLE MARK -- Calgary Sun

Ed Whalen celebrates his 33rd wedding anniversary with his wife Nomi. -- Calgary Sun files

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An outpouring of love for legendary Calgary media personality Ed Whalen has started following his devastating cardiac arrest while on vacation in Florida.

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein was stunned at the news of Whalen's grave condition.

"This is indeed terrible news," Klein told the Sun.

"I last saw Ed at Helen Hart's funeral when he gave a stirring speech. He appeared to be in good health and spirit.

"Obviously, Colleen and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ed and Nomi in hopes he will have a full and speedy recovery."

In addition to his work as a sports commentator, wrestling host and philanthropist, Whalen also wrote a weekly column for years for the Sun.

"Ed is a legend, not just in Calgary but throughout the world with his work in wrestling and hockey," said Sun Editor-in-Chief Chris Nelson. "Our prayers and thoughts are with him -- Calgary would be a much poorer place without Ed Whalen."

Grant Pollock of Global sports worked closely with Whalen for 14 years.

"Ed is bigger than himself," he said. "His name is synonymous with an infectious personality." Travelling with his friend, Pollock said Whalen taught him some valuable lessons -- "he taught me that you've got to talk to everyone -- you're not just here for yourself."

Calgary's famed Hart wrestling family is praying for Whalen's recovery.

"Ed is a top-calibre commentator -- he's one of a kind," Smith Hart said.

Whalen has helped raise millions of dollars over the past 16 years for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation through the Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

"He loves the kids so much," said Alberta Children's Hospital spokeswoman Kathryn Kranenberg.

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