October 28th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
9 years ago

How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?

(CNN) - By his count, former Vice President Dick Cheney has cheated death at least three times – if you start after the fifth heart attack.

In December of 2009, the year after he left the White House, Cheney went into sudden cardiac arrest – which is normally fatal – while backing his car out of a garage. Cheney had an implanted defibrillator at the time, which kicked him back to life in 16 seconds.


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  1. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    I think he should keep trying until he gets it right.

    October 28, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    This war criminal should have dropped dead in his 30s but it must be nice to have healthcare and money to keep on ticking and killing.

    October 28, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    You know, as tempted as I am, I'm not going to say something nasty. Its amazing that he has been able to do the jobs that he has with his heart in such poor condition. I may not agree with him, but I cannot say anything nasty because of his medical condition. I hope he lives long enough and with a good quality of life to see his views discredited, but I don't want him dead.

    October 28, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I don't know you bring this idiot into picture, he is supposed to be in Gittmo. Better put this, show the strength of democracy. Pathetic idiot.

    October 28, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. the hippies were right

    @The Real Tom Paine, Then you're a better man than me. Another question regarding Cheney should be, "how many soldiers have the opportunity to have this question asked of them? Thousands didn't get to cheat death, because Haliburtons profits were more important.

    October 28, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Unlike millions of poor Americans who do not have health care coverage , Dick Cheney has the best medical care money can buy.

    October 28, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. rs

    And all because of a gold-plated government provided health care insurance that Mr. Cheney and the Republicans feel the average American should not be able to access.

    October 28, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. bcnu_toob

    The real question should be how many people did Cheney pass on the list that were far more deserving of a new heart than he is.

    October 28, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. m

    over 5000 times – because thats how many trrops he was was resposible for sending them to their deaths in Iraq.

    October 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney acts like he did military service , another draft dodger who acts like John Wayne.

    The only reason Dick is out of his hole is to indorse and promote his uptight angry daughter's political career ..

    I hope Dick a long and uptight life , I hope he is around long enough for his great grandchildren to ask him why he did nothing environmentally , sustainably , to better the world .

    October 28, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Ever wonder how the US would have fared if Cheney wasn't there guiding W?

    October 28, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    It is amazing, he has survived so many times.

    October 28, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. loving it

    "How many times has Dick Cheney cheated death?"

    Not nearly as many times as he cheated the Amercian people.

    October 28, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. rick

    one to many times- would be my guess.

    October 28, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Evergreen

    When you have as much to answer for as Mr. Cheney, you want to delay meeting your Maker for as long as possible.

    October 28, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. buongiorno

    apparently he has 9 lives

    October 28, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. damone

    You know who else cheated death? That guy Cheney shot while hunting!

    October 28, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Debbie

    How many times? Too many. He is evil.

    October 28, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Sean

    Far too many, that's for sure. The country would have been a lot better off had this war criminal kicked off in his 30s.

    October 28, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Steve S

    The grim reaper has one hell of a sense of humor.
    By the time Cheney expires, he'll have more external body parts in him, than a B-grade Sci-Fi flick.

    October 28, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  21. RugbyGuy

    Cheney cheated the military draft five times. Like 99% of his neoconservative friends that avoided military service, yet quick to sell the invasion of Iraq. Remember: "We don't want the smoking gun of evidence to be a smoking cloud over an American city."

    October 28, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Don in albuquerque

    Time to let him go.

    October 28, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. Mathew

    They say only the good die young... If that's true, Cheney must be immortal!

    October 28, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |