Wrestling legend Ric Flair hospitalized
After being hospitalized Saturday morning for what his representatives referred to as “routine monitoring,” WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair appears to be dealing with something more serious.
Melinda Morris Zanoni, the CEO of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, originally tweeted Saturday that Flair, 68, was hospitalized and there was “no reason to panic.” But Zanoni tweeted out a public plea for prayers early Monday after a change in Flair’s condition.
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
Further information on his current health condition or what the medical issues are haven’t yet been disclosed, but longtime friend and colleague Michael PS Hayes tweeted that he visited Flair in the hospital Sunday, and was in needs of prayers.
I saw @RicFlairNatrBoy before I flew to Boston yesterday
I can assure that he needs everyone's prayers and positive vibes. Thx in advance!!
— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) August 14, 2017
Flair’s hospitalization for heart-related issues was first reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet. He remains in intensive care in Atlanta, according to PW Insider’s Mike Johnson.
Referred to in WWE as 16-time world champion (although Flair admits the real number is as high as 22), the power of Flair’s popularity and brand has only increased in recent years through social media and regular appearances with various collegiate and professional sports teams.
Flair is the subject of an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary that is set to air in November. He was also scheduled to appear for WWE at promotional events this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, for SummerSlam.
In Flair’s 2004 autobiography “To Be The Man,” he revealed the development of a condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy brought on “through my many years of partying.” Flair described it as “a weakening of heart muscles” that was discovered when his heart began to skip beats.