In late March, Reid Flair had just returned to Charlotte from two months of wrestling in Japan, just as his father, wrestling legend Ric Flair, had done early in his own career 40 years ago.
Those close to him knew Reid Flair as someone who had grown up on the edge of addiction, but who was optimistic and clear-eyed about his future after returning from Japan. His mind was so clear. He was healthy, his mother Beth Fliehr says. Everybody loved him over there.
But by March 29, Reid Flair was dead at age 25.
Family and friends recall him as a young man who had a heart for the underdog and stuck up for kids who needed help. He was a talented amateur wrestler attempting to build his own career in a business that made his father famous.
Read the story of Reid Flairs successes and struggles, his life and his final days in Sundays Charlotte Observer.