Wrestling Champion Ric Flair Hospitalized for 'Tough Medical Issues'

16-time world champion's management team asks fans for "prayers and positive energy"

Professional wrestler Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair at a 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26th, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images

Update 5:15 p.m.: Ric Flair is out of surgery, a WWE representative told TMZ Sports. Flair's family is reportedly by his side as they wait to meet with doctors.

Update: Ric Flair has been placed in a medically induced coma, a representative from the WWE told TMZ Sports. He is currently being prepared for surgery. The reason he is in hospital and the procedure he will undergo still hasn't been confirmed. 

A rep for Legacy Talent and Entertainment did not respond to Rolling Stone's request for comment.

Wrestling world champion Ric Flair was hospitalized for "tough medical issues" over the weekend, according to his management team. After tweeting that Flair was only in hospital for routine monitoring on Saturday, Legacy Talent and Entertainment CEO Melinda Morris Zanoni asked fans for "prayers and positive energy for our Living Legend" the following day. 

While Flair's team has not specified the reasoning for Flair's hospitalization, but Pro Wrestling Sheet reported he was hospitalized for heart-related issues, a historically complicated issue for Flair

More recently, in 2015, Flair said he doesn't have any health issues. "They tested me for four hours," Flair said. "The doctors said 'there’s something wrong with you, has to be,' and I said 'yeah, it's called an hour Broadway every night brother.' The guy looked at me and said that I was a medical miracle."

Many members of the WWE community tweeted their thoughts and prayers throughout the weekend.