TMZ broke the news on Thursday that had sports fans, and especially wrestling devotees, completely devastated. They announced that WWE Megastar Ric Flair had been “rushed to the hospital” and that he was in “serious condition.”
Since then, numerous conflicting reports have hit the pages of social media, ranging from 'serious medical event’ to ‘planned procedure’ to 'Ric Flair has died' to 'He’s expected to make a full recovery.'
How does the discerning fan sort through all the reports, none of which seem to support the other?
The confusion surrounding ‘The Nature Boy’s’ hospital event is reminiscent of the hours following ‘Melrose Place’ star Luke Perry’s stroke and subsequent death in March.
In that case, TMZ ended up being correct when they said Perry was in a coma following a severe stroke, in spite of a family member’s denial.
As to Ric Flair's situation, on Thursday, TMZ ran the shocking story that the beloved wrestling Starr was in serious condition. Then, Thursday afternoon, we were met with a heartbreaking Tweet, allegedly coming from the WWE:
"BREAKING NEWS: @WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has passed away at age 70."
Fans were grief-stricken when they heard the news. But, then, on Friday. Everything changed. Flair's wife issued a statement addressing the 'fake news' and set the record straight.
Fans chose to believe Rich’s wife’s statement, which was much more hopeful than the one they saw just one day previously.
“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recover,” Barlow said in a statement sent to PEOPLE.
Barlow, whom Flair married last fall, did not reveal the nature of the procedure her husband would undergo.
Of course, fans were overjoyed at Barlow's news…and very angry that anyone would lie about the demise of such a legend.
“Ric Flair is alive!!! Wooo”
“Ric Flair dying would by far be the saddest episode of Game of Thrones.“
“Tell the god of Death - NOT TODAY!”
“Ric Flair's surgery postponed due to 'complications' - Ric Flair's surgery has been postponed due to 'complications that need to be taken care of first'.
"The wrestling legend was hospitalised on Thursday (16.05.19) for a pre-planned operation, but according to his wife Wendy B…”
‘Nature Boy,’ as he is affectionally known, has had his share of medical troubles, including a very serious one in 2017.
“Flair, who wrestled for four decades during stints in WCW and WWE, has experienced a number of health issues in recent years, including an emergency in August 2017 when it was revealed he was in the early stages of kidney failure and on the verge of congestive heart failure — the result of years of alcohol abuse.”
No matter what the truth of Ric's current condition is, we continue to pray for a good outcome.
This is a developing story. Be sure to check back for periodic updates.