UPDATE (3/4): Good news! Apparently Flair was “misinformed.”
Putting in a bid for immortality for Harley Race.
According to Ric Flair, Harley Race, one of the greatest pro wrestling champions of all time, has been diagnosed with terminal lunger cancer. Flair mentioned the diagnosis during a Q&A session moderated by Jimmy Hart at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, this week, per a live-blogging of the event by Twitter user Jay Alletto.
Race has been dealing with a number of health problems in recent years, including a fall in 2017 that broke both of his legs.
Race broke both of his legs in the fall and had to undergo emergency surgery to alleviate swelling. In all, he suffered a fracture in his right tibia, breaks in his left tibia and fibula, and a spiral fracture in his left ankle (similar to the injury that Neville suffered last year). Race received four blood transfusions over the course of the week, and underwent additional surgery on Friday to reset all of the fractures.
Harley Race is one of the most respected and decorated champions ever, holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on a then-record seven occasions, and is one of six men inducted into each of the WWE Hall of Fame, the NWA Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Hall of Fame.
We wish Race and his family the best, and know that if there’s anyone tough enough to fight off cancer for as long as possible, it’s Handsome Harley.