Ric Flair Discusses 2017 Near-Death Experience

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Ric Flair has had many ups and downs with his health over the years, notably being scarily close to death in 2017.

The 16-time world champion, Ric Flair showed a vulnerable side of The Nature Boy during an interview with The Pivot podcast. Flair spoke frankly about waking up from a coma in 2017.

“31 days later, I woke up in the ICU. For 13 days I was on life support. I had no memory for six months. I could remember going forward, but I had no memory of the past. They wrote me off. I was operated on Monday morning. The WWE made a package because it was, like, a 5% chance that I would make it through it. It makes you re-evaluate everything. But at the end of the day, I still think that if you’re not hurting anybody, and you’re certainly not being malicious, I don’t think it’s wrong to have fun. I’m not going to stop. I spent a year worrying that I was going to die every day.

Once you’ve been that sick, I mean, all you do, and it’s kind of like getting over that anxiety, then you start feeling more comfortable. Then I had one beer, and one champagne, and then two beers and then a couple of years now and drinking the vodka once in a while. I guess the best way to put it is there’s nothing left for me to do. I’m going to have fun. My family is all in a good place.”

– Ric Flair

H/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription

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