Pro wrestling legend "Superstar" Billy Graham (Eldridge Wayne Coleman) has been placed on life support as he continues to battle severe health issues.
In an update posted to Facebook on Monday morning, Graham's wife Valerie Coleman stated that "urgent prayers" are needed for her husband. Valerie said doctors wanted to remove Graham's life support, but she refused to do it.
"Please urgent prayers needed for my husband," the update said. "The doctors wanted to remove him from life support tonight, I refused. He’s a fighter and his will is strong even if his body isn’t. God is our hope"
The 79-year-old Graham, who's battled numerous health issues for decades, has been hospitalized for several months. Valerie wrote on May 9 that Graham was battling an infection and organ failure and would need to undergo emergency surgery:
Prayer warriors …..new update
Wayne will be having emergency surgery tomorrow. Still in ICU fighting the infection and organ failure. They did a nuclear test today that showed infection in the left hip and they said if we want to try and save his life they will have to go in and remove all of the old hardware and clean out the bone and surrounding tissue….it’s very extensive and you can imagine the risk involved.
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It will be sometime in the midafternoon.
I see the hand of God in this and that’s where I’m putting my hope
One of the most charismatic wrestlers of all time, Graham held the WWWF Championship from April 1977 to February 1978. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1996.