Wrestling icon Ric Flair is blaming his recent health scare on decades of social drinking that finally caught up with him, according to a People magazine story published this week.
The article, posted Sept. 20, also identities the mysterious illnesses that Flair’s family and management have refused to discuss: The early stages of kidney failure and congestive heart failure. He remains in a convalescent center in Atlanta and needs a nurse, the article reports.
Flair, 68, told the magazine he will never drink again. He tweeted out a link to the article on Wednesday, noting he gave People an exclusive.
“I’m not out of the woods yet,” Flair told People. “Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this...”
In a Thursday interview on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Show, Flair said he spent 10 days on life support. He also admitted to having the equivalent of 20 drinks each day during his wrestling glory days.
Flair says it caught up with him when was he taken to an Atlanta hospital on Aug. 11 with severe stomach pains. He ended up staying for nearly a month, including periods when he was listed in critical condition and in a coma.
Doctors inserted a pacemaker and removed a part of his bowel, according to People.
Sources have said on social media that he was given only a 20-percent chance of survival at one point. His manager, who has since been fired, took to social media and asked fans for prayers.
He is a former Charlottean who now lives in Atlanta. Flair has famously escaped death more than once, including surviving a plane crash in Wilmington, North Carolina, and being struck by lightning.