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Wrestling Icon Ric Flair Out Of Surgery After Medically Induced Coma

Source: The Gazette Review

UPDATE: Ric Flair is out of surgery and resting after being hospitalized. Although representatives did not offer any details on the surgery, the iconic wrestler was in a medically-induced coma according to TMZ.

Read the original story below.

The WWE Hall of Famer was hospitalized and admitted to an intensive care unit over the weekend.

Late Monday morning, Melinda Morris Zanoni, the CEO of Legacy Talent LLC and representative for Ric Flair, took to Twitter to ask fans of the wrestler for support.

“Are u a Fan/Friend of Ric Flair? If so, we need prayers & positive energy for our Living Legend as he is dealing w/some tough medical issues,” Zanoni wrote.

Flair, who is currently hospitalized near his home in Atlanta, was initially getting checked up on Saturday morning for heart-related issues, with Zanoni saying that the situation was “routine monitoring.” The 68-year-old has been crowned a Heavyweight Champion 16 times and is the only two-time inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, once by himself and once with his former team The Four Horsemen. Rappers such as Pusha T and Killer Mike have paid homage to Flair, with the latter even naming a song after him.

The famed wrestled has an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that takes an inside look at his career set to air on November 7. A synopsis of the documentary is as follows:

Real or Fake? It’s a question that’s long shadowed professional wrestling. But for one of the industry’s most legendary performers, there’s never been any separation between the ring and the world around it. His story starts in the Midwest, when a young Richard Fliehr set his sights on rising to stardom in a unique world, and decided to do anything necessary to get to where he wanted. A character was born, along with a singular desire “to be the man,” and a drive that made him as popular and polarizing as any figure ever to step into the ring. The success took a considerable toll – on his body, and on his wives and children – and in 2013 came a tragic postscript. But today, Flair remains as defiant as ever, proud of his legacy, eager to remain in the spotlight. This is the story of a man, a character, and their unbreakable connection.

H/T: espn.com

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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