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Report: WWE legend Flair hospitalized as condition reports vary

Former wrestling WCW and WWE wrestler Ric Flair is seen at Marlins Park prior to a 2017 game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins. Jasen Vinlove / USA TODAY Sports

Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair was in an Atlanta hospital Thursday after a "very serious" medical emergency, according to TMZ Sports.

However, a family member told the wrestling website Fightful.com that the situation "is not as grave or serious" as TMZ reported.

Flair, 70, was admitted for a planned procedure he wanted to address before attending a Las Vegas wrestling convention on Memorial Day weekend, per Flair's son-in-law, Conrad Thompson.

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported, however, that Flair had been suffering from a heart issue and his hospitalization was related to that and not a planned procedure. He added that Flair's condition was "more serious" than Thompson said it was.

Flair was a 16-time world champion in multiple pro wrestling circuits, according to the WWE. Known as "The Nature Boy," Flair made his ring debut in 1972 and retired from the squared circle in 2012.

Born in Memphis in 1949 as Richard Morgan Fliehr, Flair became as well known for his glamorous robes and flamboyant ring attire as for his wrestling.

Flair survived a medical scare in August 2017 when he was placed in a medically induced coma following a surgical procedure.