Ric Flair has had a rough six weeks since he was admitted to an Atlanta hospital on August 11 with complaints of stomach pains. Flair, who is 68 years old, was dealing with kidney failure as well as heart failure. As we have reported in the past, Flair only had a 20% chance of surviving the ordeal, but here we are in late September and he’s doing much better. Doctors inserted a pacemaker and also removed a bowel to help alleviate the pain. Today, Flair is on the road to recovery.
In a new interview with People, Flair admitted the whole thing “scared the s**t outta me” and added that he’s not out of the woods yet. The article notes that Flair is in a convalescent center in Atlanta.
A lot of the blame for Flair’s problems have to do with alcohol. Flair has a lot of legendary drinking stories because ever since he got into the wrestling business in the early 1970s he lived the life of the “Nature Boy” meaning he was the life of the party and he drank a lot. Flair admitted that he had a rehab stint four years ago, but that it failed. Flair talked about his lifestyle as a wrestler to People:
“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was. I never drank when I was working, but as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”
The article ended with these words from Flair: “I’ll never drink again. I never want to go through this again.”
Clearly, that’s the right decision on Flair’s part and we all hope that he never has to deal with another major health issue again.
On another Flair note, his new book “Second Nature” also features his daughter Charlotte Flair (Ashley) is now out and available at Amazon as well as bookstores everywhere. You can check out this promo video about it too.
We all wish Ric Flair the best in his continued recovery from this health scare. We love ya, Nature Boy!