WWE Hall of Famer “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Thursday morning in Atlanta after suffering a medical emergency, according to TMZ Sports.
Details of Flair’s hospitalization have not yet been revealed, but TMZ reports the situation is “very serious.”
Flair, 70, spent 11 days in a coma back in August of 2017 after suffering multiple organ problems. The wrestling icon required emergency surgery and, at the time, doctors only gave him a 20% chance to live.
“I had been drinking … shocker, yeah.”
“A friend of mine came in town from Dallas and we had been out all day the day before (the emergency) and again in the morning before I flew back.”
“I got a really sharp pain in my stomach. I knew the pain. That was very similar to the pain I had the last time. Wendy took me to the hospital and my intestine had broken open and that’s the last thing I remember. I don’t remember anything else. On Monday they put me in an induced coma. I stayed in that and on life support for 11 days. I don’t remember any of it. I just dreamt… I had to learn how to walk again. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t twist the top off a Gatorade bottle or open a diet coke I lost forty-three pounds.”
The 16x WWE champion has been open about his alcohol abuse ever since he walked out of the hospital in 2017. During ESPN’s “Nature Boy” 30-for-30, Flair described how he drank at least 10 beers and approximately five mixed drinks every day of his life for almost 20 years. Since recovering from surgery, Flair has said that he gave up drinking altogether.