Unfortunately, WWE Hall of Famer “Superstar” Billy Graham has not been able to avoid one health problem after another in recent months, and this trend has persisted.
Monday morning, his wife Valerie Coleman wrote on Facebook, “The doctors wanted to turn off his life support tonight, but I refused.”
Before contracting COVID-19 in February, he was being treated for an ear infection that had spread to his cranium and was potentially fatal. Graham has been afflicted with kidney, lung, and other escalating health issues, and it hasn’t ceased.
Graham debuted for WWE in 1975, when it was still known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), and returned to the promotion five times over the years. In April of 1977, after returning for the first time in 1977, he defeated Bruno Sammartino to win the WWWF Championship for the first and only time, retaining it for nearly 10 months. Despite the fact that this is the only championship he has ever won with this promotion, he has won numerous championships over the years with other promotions.
The 79-year-old began experiencing severe health issues well before this year, including a liver transplant and heart failure, and according to his wife, he is now “100% deaf”There is currently a GoFundMe page set up to help raise funds for his continually rising medical expenses. Currently, $14,412 of the $25,000 goal has been raised.
Graham, whose protégés included Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Scott Steiner, and Ric Flair, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
Graham’s family is appealing for donations to his GoFundMe account as the former champion’s medical expenses continue to rise.