Here’s some tragic news I never expected to have to report: Reid Flair, the 24-year old son of legendary wrestling champion “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, has passed away at the age of 24. You read that correctly. 24 f**king years old. PWInsider has confirmed it, although details are sketchy.
If you aren’t familiar with Reid, he’d been training for a while, and had just returned from a tour of All Japan Pro Wrestling. He had a solid amateur wrestling pedigree, including a win in the AAU National Wrestling Tournament, and had even been slated to debut for independent promotion Ring Of Honor a while back until personal issues (including a series of arrests including assault and battery, DUI and possession of heroin) put him off track. Things were seemingly moving in the right direction for him, and now … this.
Reid never had much of a chance to make an impact in the wrestling world, but fans who grew up watching in the 90s might remember him from his appearances as a 10-year old on WCW Monday Nitro, wherein he shot a takedown on Eric Bischoff at the behest of Arn Anderson:
Our thoughts condolences are with Reid’s family, and so is our disbelief. Rest in peace, kid.