Ric Flair nearly died last month after years of alcohol abuse and now he’s opening up about the experience.
The WWE Hall of Famer spoke to People about his near-death last month. On Aug. 11, Flair was taken to the hospital after suffering serious stomach pains. He was diagnosed with early stage kidney failure and congestive heart failure, reportedly due to his alcoholism.
“I crashed in an airplane and broke my back, I’ve been hit by lightning,” the 68-year-old father-of-four told People. “But this is totally different. Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this.”
Flair’s family members were apparently told he had only a 20 per cent chance of survival. After placing him in a medically-induced coma, removing a section of his bowel, and giving him a pacemaker, Flair was finally in recovery.
“It scared the s— out of me,” Flair said. “But I’m not out of the woods yet.”
The wrestling legend also talked about coming to terms with the fact that he is an alcoholic. “I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he explained.
The drinking started, Flair said, early in his wrestling career, during the 1970s, trying to build friendships with other wrestlers. “I never drank when I was working,” he clarified.
“But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill,” he said, explaining that he found it difficult to “do anything in moderation.” Flair also admitted to attempting rehab four years ago, which apparently failed.
“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life,” Flair said, in reference to pain and injuries suffered while wrestling. “I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”
After his big scare, though, Flair said, ““I’ll never drink again. I never want to go through this again.”