Legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Las Vegas Hospital after collapsing during a cross country flight. Roberts had been battling the flu for the last two weeks and ignored doctors warnings to rest. That bout of flu has now turned into double pneumonia and Roberts is fighting for his very life.
As reported by TMZ, Roberts was on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and was admitted to a hospital immediately upon landing. He is currently in and out of consciousness. Roberts’ girlfriend and fellow wrestler Sinn Bodhi have been at The Snake’s bedside all night.
Diamond Dallas Page, who had been working with Roberts to help turn the embattled ex-wrestler’s life around tweeted an update on Jake’s precarious condition.
Just spoke to @JakeSnakeDDT ‘s girlfriend, Jake is now conscious but still fading in and out. Please keep the prayers coming.
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) August 28, 2014
The flu and now double pneumonia comes after Jake Roberts was diagnosed earlier this year with a cancerous tumor behind his knee, as revealed by Fox Sports. Roberts had emergency surgery to remove the cancer in February, as explained by The Inquisitr.
Jake Roberts rose to fame in the late 1980 and early 90s as a then WWF–now WWE–superstar. Roberts claim to fame was a huge live snake–named Damian–that he would bring to the ring with him and unleash on his opponent after the match. He was also a master of the promo as his charismatic persona and superior mic skills set him up as one of WWE’s biggest draws. Unfortunately, substance abuse and personal demons derailed his wrestling career and Darren Aronofsky’s award-winning film, The Wrestler, has been reported to be based on Roberts’ life. In the film, Mickey Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson who deals with substance abuse and the rigors of wrestling full time while trying to re-connect with his estranged daughter.
“The Snake” only just recently cleaned himself up with the help of Paige and his “DDP Yoga” program that also helped rehabilitate other legendary wrestlers such as Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall. In April, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania 30, and the promotion had accepted the legendary wrestler back into its good graces. Most recently, Roberts was making appearances on behalf of WWE but was no longer wrestling.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Jake “The Snake” Roberts and we wish him a speedy recovery.