Reid Flair, the 25 year old son of Ric Flair, was found dead on the morning of March 29, 2013, at a Residence Inn in SouthPark, Charlotte, NC. Police investigators listed “drugs” as the cause of his incapacitation in their report, and autopsy results confirmed that he died of an overdose of Heroin. Prescription meds Clonazepam and Xanax were also found in his system. Reid’s Hall of Fame father Ric was renting a suite at the Inn and was the first person at the scene. His 911 call was subsequently leaked on to the internet.
Ric Flair’s agent was first to confirm the death on Facebook …
“We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric’s son, Reid Fliehr, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC…Reid was 25 and an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler. No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time.”
Reid was an accomplished amateur wrestler during his school years, and slowly made inroads in to pro wrestling since 2008. He most recently did a tour of AJPW in Japan and was only home one day from the tour before his death.
When Reid was 9 years old he made a few appearances for WCW as part of an ongoing Ric Flair storyline. On one episode of Nitro he even got a win over Eric Bischoff!
Here is Reid’s final Tweet …
“Two shows in Maryland this weekend with @RicFlairNatrBoy. Good #wrestling and even better times ahead.”
Both WWE and TNA have released statements …
“WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Reid Flair, son of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. Our deepest condolences go out to the Flair family and friends.”
Dixie Carter Tweeted: “Devastated to hear about the passing of Ric Flair’s son, Reid. Please join all of us at TNA in praying for Ric & his family at this sad time.”
Reid has had a well known history of drug issues and was arrested on April 26, 2009, after crashing his car. Upon inspection police found black tar heroin in the vehicle and he faced felony charges. It is speculated that this incident along with a string of DUI charges caused WWE to hold off on signing him to a developmental deal like his sister.
According to quotes from Reid’s mother in the Charlotte Observer the Japan wrestling lifestyle had a huge positive impact on Reid and he was dreading returning home.
“He was doing so great in Japan,” says Beth Fliehr, “His mind was so clear. He was healthy. Everybody loved Reid over there. For the first time, he was just Reid – not Ric Flair’s son.”
“His worst fear,” she continued, “was coming home.”
In the interview Beth was very candid about the pressure Reid felt growing up as the son of a wrestling legend and the bizarre upbringing that it entailed.
Once, at about age 6, his Charlotte AAU team was competing in Fayetteville when parents from the other team circled the mat where Reid was wrestling. They pounded the floor and chanted: “Beat Reid! Beat Reid!” recalled Beth Fliehr, Ric’s second of four wives.
“It broke my heart,” she said. “Everybody wanted to beat him so they could say they beat Ric Flair’s kid.”
Beth also cited the martial breakdown as a possible cause for Reid’s drug use…
By the time Reid entered high school, his parents’ marriage was breaking up, and much of their troubles played out in the media.
In Beth’s complaint, filed in May 2005, she claimed Ric had “publicly touted his extramarital relationships to the point that his children are aware of his infidelity.” In Ric’s affidavit, he claimed Beth “had absolutely no control over Reid.”
Beth could see that hurt her son. She believes now that their high-profile troubles turned him to drugs “to cope with it.”
As his parents struggled with their marriage, Reid’s run-ins with police began.
Reid who used his father’s Figure Four Leglock as a finisher, was a one time XWW United States Heavyweight Champion, one time NWA Mid-Atlantic Heritage Champion, and won The Anderson Brothers Classic 4 Tag Tournament, with George South Jr.
Reid made his in-ring debut for All Japan on January 26, 2013, when he replaced his sick father in a tag team match, where he and Keiji Mutoh were defeated by Seiya Sanada and Tatsumi Fujinami, with Sanada pinning him for the win.