According to Mick Foley, Terry Funk is doing “better than it was reported” after it was revealed last summer that the legend was living with dementia.
In July 2021, it was reported that WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk was living with Dementia and residing in an assisted living facility in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. It was noted that Funk had been dealing with health issues for a long time but his condition worsened since the passing of his wife Vickie in March 2019.
“Yes, Mr. Funk is currently receiving residential care for his multiple health issues, which do affect his mind as well as the rest of his body. As you can imagine, some days are better than others. He & his family appreciate all of your kind words! FOREVER!”
Yes, Mr. Funk is currently receiving residential care for his multiple health issues, which do affect his mind as well as the rest of his body. As you can imagine, some days are better than others. He & his family appreciate all of your kind words!
— Terry Funk (@TheDirtyFunker) July 6, 2021
During a High Spots signing, Terry Funk’s longtime friend and fellow Hardcore Legend provided a positive update on his condition, saying that he’s doing “pretty good” although he does need some assistance.
“Terry [Funk] is doing better than it was reported. So, I will tell you he is in assisted living but I talked to him about a month ago, Tony Hunter talked to him a few days ago. He’s doing pretty good.
“So, he does need some assistance but that can be as simple as not remembering to turn a burner off. So, he’s doing good.”
Terry Funk his wrestling career in 1965 with his first match coming against 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame Legacy inductee Sputnik Monroe. Terry Funk soon formed a partnership in the ring with brother Dory Jr. and the two men competed all over the world capturing numerous tag titles in the US and winning the Real World Tag League three times in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
In 1975 while competing in Championship Wrestling From Florida, Terry Funk defeated Jack Brisco for the richest prize in professional wrestling when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. For 424 days Terry Funk defended the title all over the US as well as Canada and Japan. He eventually lost the title to Harley Race in 1977 in Toronto, Canada.
The Funk brothers then had a brief stay in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-eighties where they competed at WrestleMania 2. With Dory Jr. known as Hoss in the WWF, he and Terry defeated Tito Santana and Junkyard Dog in the Los Angeles portion of the landmark event.
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