Pro wrestling icon "the Nature Boy" Ric Flair was hospitalized this weekend due to "tough medical issues," according to his management.
Details are still trickling about about 68-year-old Flair's condition and what lead to his hospitalization, but his health seems to have worsened since he was admitted on Saturday morning.
Over the weekend rumors began to fly that Flair had been hospitalized, and on Saturday night the wrestler's management team took to Twitter to confirm the reports.
Flair's representative, Melina Morris Zanoni from Legacy Talent, tweeted that Flair's family checked him into a hospital (it's not clear where) and he was put into the Intensive Care Unit.
Yes,Ric in hosp 4routine monitoring.No reason2panic.Yes,many thx2his fiancé&hospstaff.No excuses Ric wld want u2go out 2nite NaturBoy style!— MelindaMorrisZanoni (@LegacyTalentCEO) August 13, 2017
Zanoni initially seemed very optimistic about Flair's condition, writing that he was hospitalized for "routine monitoring" and fans had "no reason to panic."
As the weekend went on, unconfirmed reports by pro wrestling news sites have blamed heart problems for Flair's hospitalization.
How is he now?
Since Saturday morning it seems like the Nature Boy's health has taken a turn for the worse. A new tweet from Zanoni on Monday says that Flair is facing "tough medical issues."
"Are u a Fan/Friend of Ric Flair?" she asks, "if so, we need prayers and positive energy 4 our Living Legend as he is dealing [with] some tough medical issues."
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
There's still no word on where Flair has been hospitalized. Although, last Thursday he was featured in a promotional video for the 2017 PGA Championship in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
A legendary career
A pro wrestler since the 1970s, Flair's final official match with the WWE was in 2008, but since then he's made appearances to support his daughter Charlotte, who's also a pro wrestler.
Throughout his career in the WCW and the WWE, Flair was a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion. He is the only person to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame twice, as an individual and as a member of the Four Horsemen.
In the past, Flair has suffered from heart issues, including collapsing in the ring before a show in Tampa, Florida in 1998. Flair has also discussed heart issues related to his history of alcohol abuse in his book Ric Flair: To Be the Man.
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