Reid Flair, the young son of the legendary Ric Flair, has passed away at just 25 years old. Reid had participated in storylines as a teenager with his father in the latter days of WCW and was even signed to a WWE Developmental deal for a short period.
Most recently Reid had worked a show in Japan, tagging with his old man. He had battled drug addiction. In 2009 he was arrested for heroin possession. Today, PWInsider reported that Reid had passed away without noting a cause of death
Reid was seen in the latter days of WCW, where both he and his father had heads shaved as part of an angle where Ric feuded with Vince Russo. Reid later began training as a pro wrestler under Bobby Eaton and George South, but personal issues, including a heroin arrest, sidetracked what was expected to be instant stardom for Reid, who had an excellent amateur pedigree.
At one point, he was slated to debut with Ring of Honor when the promotion was owned by Cary Silkin, but the arrest caused ROH to back off on those plans. That led to the beginning of the end of their relationship with Ric Flair.
This is devastating news for the entire wrestling industry. Reid had not accomplished much personally as a professional wrestler, but has been around the business his entire life. Since he was very young, he traveled regularly with his father and surely came in contact with the who's who of the wrestling industry.