Tragedy has once again struck the wrestling world. The week started with negative health news involving Ric Flair, who was taken off the script for Monday Night Raw after a blood clot in his leg. Now, just days later, we have the worst news possible involving another Flair.
The Charlotte Observer confirmed the report that Flair's son, Reid Fliehr, died at age 25 in a Charlotte hotel room. According to the report, police sent out a press release confirming the death.
Not many details are known about his death, including the exact cause. The passing is sad on so many levels. First, of course, is the loss of a person so young.
Ric's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, released this statement via Facebook:
We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid Fliehr, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC.
The loss extends to wrestling fans who have watched Reid grow up in some respects. He was seen on WCW television as an adolescent in a storyline with his family.
The passing also destroys the future wrestling fans had to look forward to. Reid's professional wrestling career had started to pick up momentum as he recently worked in Japan, and some in the wrestling industry suggested it was only a matter of time until Reid signed a developmental deal with WWE.
Reid's sister is also signed to WWE's developmental system and wrestles under the name Charlotte. The possibility of Ric being able to manage or work with his children in WWE was exciting and a very real possibility.
Reid has always been familiar with the world of wrestling. He was a decorated amateur wrestler before training and taking after his father by working in professional wrestling.
Earlier this month, the wrestling world mourned the death of William “Paul Bearer” Moody. While sad and abrupt news, the passing in some ways is easier to comprehend. Moody was 58 years old and had health issues, while Reid was just 25 and seemed to have all of life ahead of him.
It's been 12 months filled with headlines for Ric, as he left TNA Impact wrestling and returned to a working relationship with WWE. He'd gone through more personal matters documented in the public eye but had his kids following in his footsteps, a path to be proud of.
My deepest condolences to the entire Flair family.