WWE legend Ric Fair opened up about his recent health scare and his struggles with alcoholism in an interview with "Dan Le Batard Show" on Thursday Morning.
The 68-year-old said that every day he drank between "3,700 and 4,000 calories" worth of alcoholic beverages.
Flair was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 11 due to an upset stomach. According to USA Today, by Aug. 14 the WWE legend was on life support and went into a medically induced coma.
"Ten days on life support, it'll wake you up, man," Flair said during the interview. "They told my kids that everything had shut down -- kidney failure, congestive heart failure, everything shut down."
Flair expressed gratitude for the people that serviced him in the hospital.
"I'm happy for the people who put up with my bull (expletive) over there, because I was hard to get along with, man," said Flair.
Ric Flair’s fiancee released an update via Facebook on the wrestler’s condition after he was placed in a medically induced coma earlier this week.
In the post, Wendy Barlow stated that Flair is suffering from "multiple organ problems." Barlow also denied that Flair had colon surgery.
Barlow said that she took Flair to the hospital after he was suffering from severe abdominal pain. She says, "from that moment on it all seems like a nightmare."
Here is the statement Barlow posted on her social media page according to a screenshot from TMZ:
"Just want to give an update to my friends and family as I have been unable to talk on the phone without crying and just feel shocked over events....I took Ric to the hospital Friday night with severe abdominal pain. From that moment on it all seems like a nightmare.....multiple organ problems. Not to go into too many details I want everyone to know he still needs prayers as he is still in critical condition. And no he did not have colon surgery....it was another surgery! I don't know how the media comes up with their stories. I have been by his side since Friday and will continue to make sure he is getting the best care possible. Thanks for all of the support and love."
Flair, 68, was admitted into intensive care last Saturday for a heart-related issue.
Ric Flair’s management team says it is seeking prayers for the professional wrestler following his admission to the hospital last weekend.
Are u a Fan/Friend of Ric Flair?If so, we need prayers & positive energy 4 our Living Legend as he is dealing w/some tough medical issues🙏🏻— MelindaMorrisZanoni (@LegacyTalentCEO) August 14, 2017
Zanoni’s tweet Sunday is seemingly a change in tone from another she sent the day before about Flair’s health condition.
Yes,Ric in hosp 4routine monitoring.No reason2panic.Yes,many thx2his fiancé&hospstaff.No excuses Ric wld want u2go out 2nite NaturBoy style!— MelindaMorrisZanoni (@LegacyTalentCEO) August 13, 2017
The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that Flair, 68, was admitted into intensive care last Saturday for a heart-related issue.
The newspaper added it remains unclear whether Flair is receiving treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina, the city he calls home.
Some Twitter users on Monday voiced support for Flair, who often refers to himself as “the Nature Boy.”
we cannot lose ric flair.. we cannot lose ric flair.. :( get well soon nature boy— quasimoto (@infamousRic) August 14, 2017
As a fan of old school wrestlers, ric flair is easily one of greatest wrestlers and entertainers of his generation— brian craig (@brianc150) August 14, 2017
The Observer reported that Flair, who has won 16 professional wrestling world championships, had a previous health scare in 1998.
Flair reportedly slumped in the corner of a wrestling ring during a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) event in Tampa, Florida.
The grappler was then admitted to a hospital for testing, where the numbness in his left arm and chest spasms were found to not be due to a heart attack.
Flair is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as part of its Legends program.
The wrestler is also the star of upcoming documentary about his career for ESPN’s “30 for 30 series” that is slated to premier Nov. 7.
Flair made his name in the professional wrestling world for his over-the-top interviews, with his “woo” catchphrase now synonymous with his energetic style.
A member of the Four Horseman stable, his figure-four leg lock submission helped him become one of pro wrestling’s most decorated figures.
Flair’s extravagant, cocky persona has additionally endeared him to younger generations, with many rappers embracing the “Nature Boy” and his style.