“Superstar” Billy Graham, a legendary pro wrestler, reportedly passed away on Wednesday.
He was 79.
The Superstar Billy Graham Just Left Us 🙏🏻 THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR INFLUENCE On My Career! pic.twitter.com/YH0eT2NM4p
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) May 18, 2023
Before things got bad in February, Graham, whose true name is Eldridge Wayne Coleman, had been struggling with health concerns for years.
Due to many infections, organ failure, diabetes, and other conditions that necessitated emergency surgery earlier this month, Graham was kept on life support in the ICU.
On Graham’s Facebook page, his wife Valerie wrote on Monday morning that she had refused to turn off Graham’s life support when the doctors had requested it.
Graham is a three-time former world champion in professional wrestling, including a championship run in the New York territory’s WWWF, which later evolved into WWE, in 1977–1978.
Generations of wrestlers to follow were affected by Graham’s appearance and charm.