Fiancee: Wrestler Ric Flair in critical condition with ‘multiple organ problems’

Wrestler Ric Flair attends the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

ATLANTA, Ga. (WATE) – Wrestling legend Ric Flair’s fiancee says he is still in critical condition with “multiple organ problems” in an Atlanta area hospital.

ESPN reports Flair’s fiancee Wendy Barlow posted to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon addressing his health and rumors that had been circulating, saying she has been unable to talk on the phone without crying and is still in shock.

“I took Ric to the hospital Friday night with severe abdominal pain. From that moment on it all seems like a nightmare … multiple organ problems,” she said in the post.

Barlow denied rumors that Flair had had colon surgery, but says he had a different type of surgery that she did not specify.

“Not to go into too many details I want everyone to know he still needs prayers as he is still in critical condition,” Barlow continued.

News of Flair’s illness first began circulating on Monday. Known for his flamboyant outfits and “Nature Boy” nickname, Flair made his professional debut in 1972 and was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2008.

Flair recently made a stop in Knoxville to help launch fellow wrestler Glenn “Kane” Jacobs’ run for Knox County mayor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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