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Pro wrestling legend Ric Flair hospitalized with 'tough medical issues,' rep asks for prayers

Ric Flair photographed in 2009. [Getty]
Ric Flair photographed in 2009. [Getty]
Published Aug. 14, 2017

WWE wrestling legend Ric "Nature Boy" Flair was hospitalized over the weekend with "tough medical issues," according to what a member of his management team posted on Twitter.

Wrestling industry news site Pro Wrestling Sheet and other media outlets reported that Flair was hospitalized with heart-related issues.

A rep initially confirmed that Flair was in the hospital, but said it was due to "routine monitoring" and that there was "no reason to panic." On Sunday, that rep took a more worried tone.

"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," wrote Melinda Morris Zanoni, part of Flair's management team at Legacy Talent and Entertainment, on Twitter and Facebook.

Flair, 68, is a resident of Charlotte, N.C.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Flair had a previous health scare in December 1998, "when he slumped in the corner of a wrestling ring prior to a World Championship Wrestling event in Tampa," but it turned out "the numbness in his left arm and chest spasms were not due to a heart attack."

Flair was in Florida on July 28 to throw out the first pitch at Marlins Park in Miami before a baseball game there as part of a "wrestling night" promotion.

An ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on Flair's life is set to premiere on Nov. 7.

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