WWE Legend ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham ‘Faced with Myriad of Very Serious Health Issues,’ Family Says
WWE legend ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham has been battling health issues for the past few weeks and his family have revealed the former wrestler lost 45 pounds in three weeks.
The 79-year-old’s health update was given on a GoFundMe page set up by his family. They are looking for donations to help pay for the milestones in his recovery. Graham’s real name is Wayne Coleman.
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“My friends, Wayne (Billy) has had a really tough run lately. He’s been coding, but God decided it wasn’t his time to go and brought him back to us! He’s been spending over three weeks at ICU from Mayo Hospital, went to rehab and is now back in Mayo,” the description read.
“He is struggling with a myriad of very serious health issues: a major ear and skull infection that may require six months of intravenous drips, congestive heart failure, diabetes, hearing loss due to the infection, and the list goes on.. he faces a long period of rehabilitation, and his insurance will only pay for part of that.. he faces at least two months in a skilled nursing facility, once he is stabilized and discharged from Mayo Hospital.Wayne has lost 45 pounds in the past three weeks.
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“Wayne’s wife, Valerie, is doing her best to work full time, while doing everything she can for her husband. They are dealing with increasing long-term medical bills. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. “
Graham’s wife first wrote a post on her Facebook page on January 31.
“Any amount would help friends, thank you,” the post read. “Billy was briefly released from Mayo, placed in a rehabilitation center and then sent back to Mayo with heart issues. I’m very concerned for the champ. He’s lost nearly 50 pounds in just over three weeks. Thank you and God bless!”
The professional wrestler made his Stampede Wrestling debut in 1970 and moved to NWA territory in Los Angeles as Billy Graham, in honor of the evangelist. He would perform in the American Wrestling Alliance, then move on to the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in the mid-1970s, which would later become known as WWF and then WWE.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
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In WWWF, he was a former heavyweight champion. He was also a two-time Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year award winner. The first came in 1977 for his match against Bruno Sammartino and again in 1978 against Bob Backlund.