Wrestler Flair will miss Jaffa show

Ric Flair’s appearance in Altoona today has been cancelled after authorities said the professional wrestling legend’s son was found dead in a North Carolina hotel room on Friday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers were called to a hotel on the city’s south side around 10:30 a.m., the Associated Press reported. When they arrived, they found the body of 25-year-old Reid Fliehr, who also was a wrestler.

A statement from police says there are no signs of foul play, and that the cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office.

Despite a health scare last week, Flair still was scheduled to attend an autograph session and Big Time Wrestling show today at the Jaffa Shrine.

“Big time Wrestling is saddened by the unfortunate death of Reid Flair,” Big Time Wrestling promoter Steve Perkins said.

Perkins went on to say that Flair was looking forward to being in Altoona and his appearance would be rescheduled. Today’s event will go on as scheduled, beginning at 5 p.m. – Kevin Nash, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and Tommy Dreamer are among the stars slated to be available for photos and autographs. Matches will begin at 7:30.

Tickets will be available at the door.

“Altoona is a great wrestling town, and we appreciate the fans patronage and understanding,” Perkins said.

Flair’s agent released a statement Friday describing Reid as “an incredible son, brother, friend and professional wrestler.”

Ric Flair’s real name is Richard Morgan Fliehr. The peroxide-blond wrestled for some 40 years and also was known as “The Nature Boy.”

The 64-year-old won many pro wrestling titles including in the WWE. He is recognized as a 16-time world champion.