Retired professional wrestler Ric Flair is again in the news, but this time because he made the 911 call from a hotel on March 29 when he found his son Reid Flair unresponsive, and “purple.” Born Richard Reid Fliehr, also wrestler like his father, he may have suffered a drug-related lethal overdose after losing his struggle with addiction. Reid had just returned from a wrestling tour in Japan in which he had stood in for his father, and was preparing to tour the U.S. with his father next.
Ric Flair was recorded on a 911 call imploring the dispatcher for help, “He’s out cold! … He’s out cold and he’s purple. … Please!” The recording in it’s entirely is embedded below. Police have ruled out foul play in Reid’s death.
The younger Flair seemed to have pulled out of the worst of his problems in recent years. He was last arrested and convicted twice in 2009 on charges of DUI. Related drug charges of heroin possession were dropped. He was arrested for possession of pot and drug paraphernalia in 2006, but those charges were dropped. Charges against Reid of assault on a female in 2006 and inflicting serious injury and assault and battery in 2007 were also dropped.
Ric Flair, born Richard Morgan Fliehr, has been in the limelight of the crime pages in his own right, once after a road-rage incident in 2005 when the 16-time World Heavyweight Champ reportedly grabbed another motorist by the throat and kicked his car, and in 2002 with partners in crime Scott “The Diamond Stud” Hall and Dustin “Goldust” Runnels on a flight when Ric” Nature Boy” Flair was accused of flashing his penis to a flight attendant and forcing her to touch him.
In 2008 he was bloodied and bruised in a violent argument with his daughter Ashley Fliehr, then 22, and her boyfriend in a parking lot, though only his daughter wound up under arrest.
Funeral services for Reid Flair will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is open to family and friends only. The taking of photos or videos will not be permitted. Reid’s burial will be private.