While there is a great deal of speculation and unsourced reportage going on regarding his condition, especially on social media, the 68 year old Flair has discussed his own heart issues, which were said to be the reason he was admitted to the ICU on Saturday, Aug. 12. In his 2004 autobiography To Be The Man, Flair wrote of being diagnosed with alcoholic cardiomyopathy, a thinning and weakening of the heart muscle caused by excessive alcohol intake which can cause heart failure.
WWE.com published a story on his hospitalization a short time ago. It doesn’t shed any new light on the situation, but does make the situation concerning their Hall of Famer - and the father of SmackDown Superstar Charlotte Flair - feel a little more real. You can read that here.
Similarly, tweets are starting to come from around the business sending well-wishes to the Nature Boy. This includes one from WWE producer Michael Hayes who says he visited with Ric over the weekend and seems to confirm the messaging from the head of Flair’s talent agency:
Thoughts, prayers, and positive thoughts up for @RicFlairNatrBoy. Time to kick-out and make another comeback my friend.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 14, 2017
I saw @RicFlairNatrBoy before I flew to Boston yesterday— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) August 14, 2017
I can assure that he needs everyone's prayers and positive vibes. Thx in advance!!
Keep good thoughts, Cagesiders, and we’ll keep you updated.
Author’s note: Rather than create a bunch of posts with tweets and messages from wrestlers and others in the business, we’ll add ones we see here, and encourage you to do the same in the comments:
Sending lots of love to @RicFlairNatrBoy and his family today. We're thinking of you Naitch ❤️— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) August 14, 2017
Sending my love and prayers to @RicFlairNatrBoy and his family.— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) August 14, 2017
Thinking of them, too, and praying for Ric and his family. I don't know many tougher than him! We love you, Nature Boy https://t.co/bcmRLIVeKu— Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 14, 2017
Just got the news that @RicFlairNatrBoy is in the hospital. Hoping for a full & very speedy recovery. Need The Champ out stylin' & profilin'— Charles Robinson (@WWERobinson) August 14, 2017