Ric Flair is in a medically induced coma and faces imminent surgery, WWE tells TMZ. Flair was hospitalized over the weekend, with his agent tweeting over the weekend to ask for prayers due to Flair’s “tough medical issues.”
Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that this relates to a heart condition. Flair was first admitted to the hospital Saturday morning, per TMZ.
Flair, whom many fans consider the greatest pro wrestler of all time, won at least 16 and as many as 25 world championships (depending on who’s counting) during an in-ring career that stretched from the early 1970s to a September 2011 match with Sting in TNA. He managed his daughter Charlotte Flair until May of last year, and made his last on-screen WWE appearance in November.
Flair was hospitalized and admitted to an intensive care unit over the weekend. After initially downplaying the seriousness of the issue, a representative for Flair has made a plea for public support.
Melinda Morris Zanoni, the CEO of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, tweeted out the latest on Flair’s situation late Sunday night.
Are u a Fan/Friend of Ric Flair?If so, we need prayers & positive energy 4 our Living Legend as he is dealing w/some tough medical issues🙏🏻
— MelindaMorrisZanoni (@LegacyTalentCEO) August 14, 2017
As first reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet, Flair was hospitalized on Saturday morning for heart-related issues, with Zanoni initially reporting the situation involved “routine monitoring.” PW Insider’s Mike Johnson reported that Flair is hospitalized near his home in Atlanta.
Flair, 68, has spent the past five decades in the world of professional wrestling with a reputation as one of the most charismatic personalities in the history of that business. His popularity and personality have transcended into the world of professional sports on many occasions, with athletes recreating some of his most famous wrestling promos and Flair himself often called on to serve as a motivational speaker.