Ric Flair has been hospitalized and the former wrestler’s status has been described as “very serious,” per TMZ. According to the TMZ report, Flair initially went to an Atlanta emergency room for help with an unknown health issue but was later sent to the hospital for treatment.
Ric Flair was rushed to a hospital Thursday morning after suffering a medical emergency, TMZ Sports has learned.
We’re told Flair was in the Atlanta area when something went wrong. The 70-year-old WWE legend was initially taken to the emergency room to be treated.
The specifics are unclear at this point — but we’re told the situation is “very serious.”
We reached out to Ric’s camp for comment — so far, no word back.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp reported that Flair’s condition is not serious, but is in the hospital for a scheduled procedure.
“Conrad Thompson says the Ric Flair situation ‘is not as grave or serious’ as TMZ makes it out, and says that this was a planned procedure that Ric Flair wanted to have before Las Vegas…He stated that Flair and the family knew the procedure was coming and he could have had it before or after Vegas, and wanted to feel good for Starrcast,” Sapp tweeted.
Conrad emphasized that Flair did not believe the procedure would be reported.
“Ric was not worried about this. Ric did not think this was going to be reported or on TMZ. It’s all systems go. The Roast of Ric Flair is still happening,” Conrad said, per Sapp’s tweet.
Ric Flair Survived a Serious Health Scare in 2017
Flair pulled through a near-death health scare in 2017, and the wrestler later noted he was on life support for “10 days.” Flair was in a medically-induced coma as he dealt with numerous health conditions including kidney issues and congestive heart failure.
“They told my kids that everything had shut down — kidney failure, congestive heart failure, everything shut down,” Flair noted to USA Today.
During an ESPN interview, Flair described what life was like when he was on life support in 2017.
“Ten days on life support, it’ll wake you up, man,” Flair noted, per USA Today. “What I remember was that I couldn’t talk, but I could hear people talking about me. Which is even scarier … My daughters told me that (the doctor) said to go in and say goodbye to your daddy, he’s not going to make it.”
Flair Tweeted Out a Throwback Photo on the Morning He Was Hospitalized
Flair tweeted out an old wrestling photo on the morning he was hospitalized. It is unknown if this was a previously scheduled tweet or one Flair sent out prior to being hospitalized. Flair posted the same photo and caption on Instagram as well.
“Throwback Thursday! WOOOOO! #tbt,” Flair tweeted.
Flair Admitted to Battling Alcoholism
According to Sports Illustrated, Flair had part of his bowel removed when he was hospitalized in 2017. Flair admitted to battling alcoholism during the height of his wrestling career.
“I had one vice,” Flair noted to Sports Illustrated. “I’m not going to point my finger at anybody else. My vice was drinking. I didn’t have any pain issues, addiction problems, marijuana, cocaine, nothing like that. It’s a fact that I kept myself up all night and always had a good time.”
Flair Posted a Mother’s Day Message to His Wife, Wendy
Flair took to Instagram on Mother’s Day to post a message to his wife, Wendy Barlow. The couple got married in September of 2018.
“Happy Mother’s Day Wendy! Your Children Are Lucky To Have Such An Amazing Mother!!! ❤❤️❤️ @thewonderouswendy,” Flair posted on Instagram.
Flair called Williams the “love of his life” after his wedding.
“Dreams do come true,” Flair told People. “I married the love of my life yesterday.”