According to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, however, Flair had part of his bowel removed, a problem exacerbated by his drinking problem. The surgery also “led to further complications, which could force a hospital stay of over a month,” Barrasso added.
“I had one vice,” Flair recently told SI. “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.”
On Monday, one of Flair’s representatives said he had successful surgery — not on his heart — but warned that the 16-time world champion had “a long road ahead.” The next day, Flair’s daughter Charlotte posted a photo on Instagram thanking everyone for their support and calling her father “a fighter.”