According to an Aug. 29 report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, WWE and WWF pro wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts has been placed in a Las Vegas hospital intensive care unit after falling ill on an Aug. 28 flight to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. Roberts, who was part of the WWE’s Class of 2014 Hall of Fame class, was heading to Las Vegas from Atlanta, for a Freakshow Wrestling event in honor of Sinn Bodhi’s birthday.
After the 59-year-old Roberts got sick on the plane ride, he fell into unconsciousness and was hospitalized. Unfortunately, the news on Roberts is not good. Doctors reportedly found an unidentified mass in his brain, and his lungs are filled with fluid. Roberts was falling in and out of consciousness on the morning of Aug. 29, and he is no longer expected to appear at the Freakshow Wrestling event in Las Vegas.
Sinn Bodhi, a high-level wrestler in his own regard, has been staying by Roberts’ bedside, and keeping fans updated on his condition with live tweets. Roberts has been diagnosed with double pneumonia, a term often used for acute respiratory distress syndrome. Double pneumonia essentially means pneumonia affecting both lungs. WWE Universe will be keeping an eye on the situation as more details emerge in the days and weeks ahead.
Jake Roberts was one of the most popular pro wrestlers in the ’90s, due to his dark personality and elite skills inside the ring. During his two stints with the WWF in the ’80s and ’90s, he made a name for himself with slick work on the mic and high-level techniques in the ring. Roberts is perhaps most famous for bringing snakes into the ring, most notably a python named Damien. Roberts often scared his opponents by bringing Damien in the ring.
The sad news is that Roberts has had a tough go of it in recent years. After ballooning to 300 pounds in 2012, Roberts could barely walk and was near-death before Diamond Dallas Page helped save his life with a yoga program. Shockingly, Roberts lost 50 pounds and appeared to be back in great health, until he was diagnosed with cancer in early-2014.