WWE legend Ric Flair in emotional tribute to wrestling ‘mentor’ on life support

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    WWE legend Ric Flair has paid tribute to seriously ill wrestling icon “Superstar” Billy Graham.

    The Daily Star reported yesterday how the the WWE hall-of-famer had been placed on life support after spending months in hospital with severe health issues.

    Wife Valerie had called on everyone to “pray” for him after doctors wanted to turn off his life support – but she refused to allow it.

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    In a statement on Facebook, she wrote: “Please urgent prayers needed for my husband.

    “The doctors wanted to remove him from life support tonight, I refused.

    “He’s a fighter and his will is strong even if his body isn’t – God is our hope.”

    Flair, a 16-world champion in the wrestling world, has now paid tribute to his "mentor" Graham on Twitter.

    He posted: “So Sad To Hear About Billy Graham’s Health!!

    “Make No Mistake – Talk About The Influence He Made On ME And So Many Others!

    “Hulk, Dusty Etc! You’re Beautiful. Bonnie Dyed My Hair In 1972 – Stay Strong My Mentor!

    “FYI- You And Dusty Rhodes Were My Heroes! You Made Me!”

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    He tweeted the message alongside an image of Graham with an old championship belt from around the time of his prime in the 70s and 80s.

    No update has been given on his health in the last 24 hours, but his wife did explain last week how the issues had started.

    Valerie detailed on Facebook how he was having emergency surgery and was fighting an “infection and organ failure”.

    She added: “They did a nuclear test today that showed infection in the left hip and they said if we want to try and save his life they will have to go in and remove all of the old hardware and clean out the bone and surrounding tissue.

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    “It’s very extensive and you can imagine the risk involved.

    “It will be sometime in the mid-afternoon.”

    A GoFundMe has also been set up to help cover medical bills, reaching around £16,000 of the £45,000 total so far.

    Graham is a one-time WWWF Heavyweight Champion, a 2004 WWE Hall of Famer, and was voted the Most Hated Wrestler of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 1973.


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