Ric Flair hospitalized in Atlanta; expected to make ‘full recovery’

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Two-time WWE hall of famer Ric Flair has reportedly been hospitalized in Atlanta.

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The professional wrestler was rushed to a hospital in the Atlanta area Thursday morning for a "very serious medical emergency," according to TMZ.

However, Conrad Thompson, Flair's son-in-law, said Flair's hospitalization "is not as grave or serious" as TMZ reported, according Sean Ross Sapp, managing editor of the pro wrestling and boxing site Fightful.

According to Sapp, Thompson said the procedure was planned before Flair's appearance at the wrestling convention Starrcast II in Las Vegas.


Flair’s wife, Wendy Barlow, told TMZ that she expected her husband to “fully recover” as of Thursday afternoon.

“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning,” she told the media site.

On Friday afternoon, Harlow announced on Instagram that Flair’s operation had been postponed to Monday to address some complications.

This isn’t Flair’s first hospitalization.

In 2017, he was admitted to the hospital for stomach pains and later placed in a medically-induced coma for days for heart-related issues.

People reported Flair's family members were told the wrestler had a 20% chance of survival at the time. When he underwent surgery, part of Flair's bowel was removed and a pacemaker was inserted.

He later revealed decades of “social” drinking ultimately led to the coma.

“I’ll never drink again,” he told the publication at the time. “I never want to go through this again.”

Flair, who used the moniker “The Nature Boy,” started wrestling in the 1970s. Throughout his 40-year career, the Memphis-born athlete won eight NWA World Heavyweight Championships, six WCW World Heavyweight Championships, and two WWF Championships, according to WWE.

In 2012, he became the first person to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. The second induction was as a part of The Four Horsemen.

Within the last several years, Flair has appeared in many television shows and movies, including “Baywatch,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “Uncle Grandpa,” and “Magic Mike XXL.” He’s even made cameos in music videos, such as Offset’s “Ric Flair Drip” and Bad Bunny’s “Chambea.”

He’s been married to his wife Wendy Barlow since 2018 and has four children from previous relationships.

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