‘Stay strong my mentor’: Ric Flair pays emotional tribute to Billy Graham after it emerges the wrestler, 79, is on life support in hospital with a range of health issues
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Ric Flair has paid tribute to his “mentor” and “hero” “Superstar” Billy Graham after it was announced that the 1977-78 WWWF heavyweight champion was on life support with an array of serious health issues.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, the 16-time world champion offered his full support for Graham, 79, also sharing the impact he’s had on Flair’s own glamorous career.
“So sad to hear that Billy Graham is in good health,” Flair tweeted. “Make no mistake! Talk about the influence he had on me and so many others! Hulk, Dusty Etc! You’re pretty. Bonnie dyed my hair in 1972!! Stay strong my mentor! FYI – You and Dusty Rhodes were my heroes! You made me!’
Flair’s heartfelt message to his fellow wrestler comes a day after Graham’s wife, Valerie, shared an update on her husband’s health on her official Facebook page on May 15.
“Please urgent prayers needed for my husband,” she wrote. “Doctors wanted to take him off life support tonight. I refused. “He’s a fighter and his will is strong even though his body isn’t. God is our hope.
Ric Flair paid tribute to his “mentor” and “hero” “Superstar” Billy Graham on Twitter on Monday
Graham – a former heavyweight champion – is on life support and facing serious health issues
Graham’s health has steadily declined over the past few months, according to a GoFundMe pagewith the award-winning bodybuilder struggling with a “myriad of very serious health issues”.
By Tuesday afternoon, the page had raised $17,090 of a goal of $50,000.
Prior to his wrestling career, Graham – born Eldridge Wayne Coleman – tried out for the Canadian Football League, but rose to fame through an impressive bodybuilding career.