Former professional wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart announced Monday via his social media platforms he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and is set to undergo surgery “with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.”
“I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer,” the WWE Hall of Famer wrote on his Instagram account and Facebook page. “I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear.”
Hart did not reveal other specifics about his diagnosis or about his treatment, but thanked his friends, fans, and family for their continued support of him throughout his personal life and professional career. He also noted the number of other injuries he has endured during his wrestling career as he looks optimistically toward beating his diagnosis.
“I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that’s kept me going this long already,” he wrote.
Hart was a world heavyweight champion of both the WWF and the WCW, having also won the U.S. heavyweight title in the WWE. The WWE said it “extends its support to Bret and his family in his fight with prostate cancer,” and a number of past and present wrestlers have also sent him their support.