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Former WWE star has cancer and seeks help with medical bills


Former WWE star Virgil has sadly revealed that he’s been diagnosed with stage two colon cancer.

The 59-year-old, real name Michael Jones, also asked fans for help with his medical bills as he “cannot afford” them.

Contributing to his rising medical costs is the fact that, back in April, he revealed he had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia and had suffered two strokes.

Taking to Twitter yesterday (May 14) he shared a link to a PayPal fundraiser alongside the caption: “It’s really sh*tty right now. To make things worse I now have stage 2 colon cancer.

“I am a fighter but need your help. I cannot afford any of the medical bills and would love your support. Love you guys.”



Virgil is best known for being Ted DiBiase's personal assistant
Virgil is best known for being Ted DiBiase’s personal assistant

Wrestling fans have been quick to support one of their heroes. $3,400 (£2,770) has now been raised, which amounts to around 65% of the $5,200 (£4,400) target.

The American went into more detail about his financial needs on the fundraising page, claiming that the WWE have offered him “NO help”.

He wrote: “I have two tests one in March 17th and March 25th. As I have posted, I have had mri and others procedure.



Virgil says he has dementia, recently suffered 2 massive strokes
He made his debut in the ring in 1985 and claimed nine titles in various federations

“I have spent close to $5,721 (£4,660) on these the next two comes close to $3,400 (£2,770).

“I would be more than glad to sign, do a cameo video and much more. I receive NO help from WWE who, based on all the chairshots, blows caused this.

“So you understand my situation better, I get $862 (£702) a month social security, a friend allows me to stay for $200 (£163) at a place he has.



He is attempting to raise $5,200 (£4,400) to cover medical costs
He is attempting to raise $5,200 (£4,400) to cover medical costs

“With Food and utilities and doctor visits pretty much puts me in hole. I have had to do few signings to help but been hard.

“This is Not a Gimmick nor a stunt, this is real and it is hard to have to ask for help.” [sic]

Virgil is best known for his eight-year tenure in the wrestling world as Ted DiBiase’s personal assistant.

He made his debut in the ring in 1985 and claimed nine titles in various federations including the Million Dollar Championship in 1991.



In April he revealed he had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia and had suffered two strokes
In April he revealed he had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia and had suffered two strokes

Replying to his tweet, fans shared messages of support and called on the WWE to help him.

One wrote: “@WWE it’s time to step on up and help a gentlemen of a former talent out in there time of need.”

Another said: “It’s insane that @wwe and @Linda_McMahon are more concerned about building some bullsh*t wall than helping the wrestlers they exploited for years and left broke.”

“Prayers up sir for health and a full recovery,” added a third.

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