Update (5:15 p.m. ET): A rep for WWE tells TMZ Flair is out of surgery; his family is with him. “It’s good that he’s out of surgery,” Dave Meltzer wrote on the Wrestling Observer messageboard. “It’s still real bad.”
Earlier: Ric Flair is in a medically induced coma and faces imminent surgery, WWE tells TMZ. Flair was hospitalized over the weekend, with his agent tweeting over the weekend to ask for prayers due to Flair’s “tough medical issues.”
Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that this relates to a heart condition. Flair was first admitted to the hospital Saturday morning, per TMZ.
Flair, whom many fans consider the greatest pro wrestler of all time, won at least 16 and as many as 25 world championships (depending on who’s counting) during an in-ring career that stretched from the early 1970s to a September 2011 match with Sting in TNA. He managed his daughter Charlotte Flair until May of last year, and made his last on-screen WWE appearance in November.