Pro wrestler Reid Flair honored by hundreds at Charlotte funeral

Pro wrestler Reid Flair honored by hundreds at Charlotte funeral

Pro wrestler Reid Flair honored by hundreds at Charlotte funeral

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by JONATHAN JONES / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 11:15 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of friends, family and fellow wrestlers gathered Wednesday afternoon to say goodbye to Reid Flair, son of one of the biggest names in professional wrestling.

Flair, 25, youngest son of Hall of Fame wrestler Ric Flair, died Friday morning at a SouthPark hotel in Charlotte. His 90-minute service at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte featured words of remembrance by his sister, girlfriend and father, among others.

“I want to make sure he knows this turnout isn’t because of me, it’s because of who he was him and who he affected,” said a subdued and visibly shaken Flair in a more than 10-minute speech about his son.

There was a 17-minute video slideshow set to music, showing snapshots of Reid Flair throughout the years on vacation, wrestling, with his family and more.

His friends and family described Flair as “full of energy,” “living life to the fullest,” “gentle” and “loved by children and animals alike.”

The family met with friends after the funeral before departing for a private burial.

Reid Flair, born Richard Reid Fliehr II, was a budding star in Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling. He had returned to the United States last week after a three-month stay overseas. Friday morning, Ric Flair found his son unconscious in his Residence Inn hotel room.

The police report stated Reid Flair was incapacitated due to drugs. Police have ruled out foul play and are waiting on the medical examiner’s toxicology report.

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