Wrestling legend Ric Flair, who was hospitalized in the Atlanta area on Thursday, is dealing with complications that have delayed a planned medical procedure on Friday, according to his wife.
“Ric’s surgery has been postponed until Monday to address some [c]omplications that needed to be taken care of first,” Wendy Barlow, who wed Flair last year, wrote on Instagram Friday afternoon.
Wendy Barlow did not specify the nature of the surgery and Flair’s condition is the hospital is unclear. Hence, a source told the wrestling news website Pro Westling Sheet that Flair was hospitalized in connection with recent heart issues.
Wendy Barlow and Charlotte Flair have confirmed that “due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure Monday morning.”
While that is being reported, reports have come forth that Ric Flair is no longer fit and has been declared brain dead.
On 16 May 2019, the entertainment website TMZ reported that former WWE wrestler Ric Flair (real name Richard Fliehr) was rushed to the hospital for a medical emergency.
As Flair’s fans fretted over the news, a few opportunists started to spread false rumors about “Nature Boy’s” condition.
The official-looking Twitter account @WWEUmiverse, for example, posted an image of Flair and asserted that the wrestler had passed away. This account used a handle resembling the WWE’s actual account (at @WWEUniverse) in order to fool viewers with hoax stories. The fake account misspelled “Universe” with an “m”:
The disreputable website LFRSolutions also posted a fake news story about the wrestler’s health. Shortly after Flair was hospitalized, the website published a story claiming that Flair had been declared brain dead:
WWE Ric Flair Nature Boy has been declared brain dead after a medical emergency led him to being hospitalized earlier today.
According to several news reports, it’s unclear what medical emergency led him to the hospital to begin with but sources have now said that the wrestling legend’s is no longer functioning although his other organs are still working at this time.
Ric Flair is still on a breathing machine until his family gives permission to disconnect him but as of now, he is declared brain dead, thus legally dead.