Wrestling legend Ric Flair remains in an Atlanta area hospital with “multiple organ problems,” his fiancee announced Wednesday on Facebook (TMZ has the screengrab of the posting).
Wendy Barlow, who said she took the 68-year-old Flair to the hospital on Friday after he began suffering “severe abdominal pain,” added that he remained in critical condition and “still needs prayers.” She also said reports he had colon surgery — which appear to have originated on social media from longtime wrestling announcer Gene Okerlund — were incorrect.
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.”
Fellow wrestling icon Hulk Hogan tweeted his support for Flair on multiple occasions.
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