Superstar Billy Graham’s health has been deteriorating for quite some time, and the latest update isn’t a positive one.
Graham, real name Wayne Coleman, was hospitalized back in January with a number of health concerns, and the following months have seen concern for the WWE Hall of Famer grow. His wife Valerie posted an update last week that stated doctors are trying to prepare her for the worst, and the latest update from Dave Meltzer says that physicians have tried to convince her to take Graham off life support.
“The news on Superstar Billy Graham is not good. The doctors wanted to remove him from life support. Valerie (his wife) didn’t agree to it. I’ve been bracing myself. You have no idea how many people in the 70s became wrestling fans because of him and how many emulated him.”
The news on Superstar Billy Graham is not good. The doctors wanted to remove him from life support. Valerie (his wife) didn't agree to it. I've been bracing myself. You have no idea how many people in the 70s became wrestling fans because of him and how many emulated him.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) May 15, 2023
Graham’s official Facebook page posted a similar update, with his wife Valerie asking for urgent prayers.
“From Billy’s wife Valerie:
Please urgent prayers needed for my husband. 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”
Superstar Billy Graham’s Wife Valerie Asked For Prayers And Thanked Those Supporting Her Family
In an update posted to Facebook on May 7th, Valerie explained that doctors weren’t optimistic about her husband’s outcome as he battles infection and organ failure. She pointed to her strong religious beliefs and asked for prayers from those supporting her family through this difficult time.
“The doctors are continuing to try and prepare me for the worst. And I continue to explain to them that Wayne and I are people of faith and that our God has the final say. I am not in denial about what’s happening to him or blind to what the medical reports say…I just know that the God I serve is greater than any infection and more powerful than any organ failure.
Please pray specifically for his blood cultures to come back clear and for his blood pressure to stabilize. At this time they are providing support to prevent his pressure from plummeting and the fact that his cultures continue to be positive is one of the main reasons they are not very optimistic. They think he may have a heart infection but the test that would confirm that is too dangerous for him.
All things are possible with God and there is power when believers come into agreement together. Prayer is incredibly powerful and we need all of your prayers. With my whole heart I give thanks to God for each of you and I am grateful beyond words for you all.”
A GoFundMe to help Superstar Billy Graham and his wife with their medical expenses can be found here.
The 79-year-old is entered the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the class of 2004, where he was inducted by one of the many stars he influenced over the years, Triple H.
Everyone at Inside the Ropes sends our best wishes to Superstar Billy Graham and his wife Valerie during this incredibly difficult time.