Dutch Mantell, who modern fans may remember as Zeb Coulter from his managerial days in WWE, is in the hospital with an undisclosed illness. The former wrestling star posted the following message on Facebook regarding his condition:
“OK guys, here’s for the those who’ve been looking for me. Let me catch everybody up up [sic]. In a nutshell, I’ve been very sick. There are packages’ [sic] missing and parcels that I’ve misplaced...but guys, I’ll make it good. Just give me time. I’m praying everyday for everybody’s safety. For me personally, I’ve been admitted to a hospital here in Lutz where I’ll be for a while. I request everybody honor my family’s respect to have our own private thoughts. I will respond to all of you privately...and thank you for for patience. My daughter Amanda has been with me helping me.”
James Romero, who hosts the Story Time with Dutch Mantell podcast with Mantell, confirmed his friend’s condition on the podcast’s YouTube page, saying:
“Dutch, half a day ago or a day ago, did a blog post saying that he was dealing with some health issues. So, that is true, that’s something I knew about previously, and it’s something that I didn’t want to make public until he made it public, of which he has done so now. So, he’s been rather sort of vague with what’s going on, but essentially he’s doing an extended hospital stay, which is already stated publicly. And I’ll sort of leave it at that, other than to say that the doctors think they know what’s going wrong, and he’s on the road to recovery.”
Known as “Dirty” Dutch, the Vietnam War veteran began his wrestling career in the early 1970s. He wrestled throughout several territories for nearly 40 years and has also served as a booker and producer for various promotions, including Total Nonstop Action (TNA, currently Impact Wrestling). He had two runs in WWE as a manager, first in the mid-‘90s as Uncle Zebekiah, overseeing the Blu Brothers and later guiding a young Justin “Bradshaw” Layfield. Returning to WWE in 2013, he assumed the persona of Zeb Colter, an ultra-conservative political character who managed Jack Swagger, Cesaro, and Alberto Del Rio.
In recent years, Mantell has taken up podcasting, sharing stories from his days in the business to his thoughts on the current product. According to his co-host, the podcast will continue posting content, as several shows were pre-recorded for the month of December. Recently, Story Time with Dutch Mantell surpassed over 100,000 subscribers on YouTube.