Hulk Hogan recovering well from surgery and is NOT paralysed
The 69-year-old WWE star has had spinal surgery and is "doing okay".
Hulk Hogan is recovering well following spinal surgery and can walk without a cane.
A representative for the 69-year-old WWE star and actor – real name Terry Bollea – has issued a statement after some reports began circulating that Hogan was "paralysed" as he has lost feeling below the waist.
A spokesperson for the reality star told Entertainment Tonight said Hogan is "doing well and is not paralysed".
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They added: "Everything is okay with him., Hulk is someone with a lot of humour."
The rep also said Hogan is able to walk without using a stick.
Reports began circulating that the wrestler was paralysed after fellow WWE star Kurt Angle said on his podcast that the Thunder In Paradise star had lost all feeling below the waist and had to use a walking cane.
Angle said on The Kurt Angle Show: "Hogan had back surgery again. He had the nerves cut from his lower body, he can't feel his lower body. So, he has to use his cane to walk around. I thought he was using the cane because he has pain in his back.
"He doesn't have any pain, he has nothing at all. He can't feel anything. So, now he can't feel his legs so he has to walk with a cane which is, you know, that's pretty serious.
"I mean, I really feel for Hogan. He put his heart and soul into the business and it ate him up."
Hogan rose to fame in the 1980s as a WWE wrestler.
He made his first acting appearance in Rocky III in 1982 and went on to star in his own action TV series Thunder In Paradise in the early 90s.
Between 2005 and 2007 he starred with his family in their own reality series Hogan Knows Best.
He first announced his retirement from wrestling in 1998 but after undergoing knee surgery in 2001 returned to the ring, and has made several subsequent comebacks since.
In 2019 Hogan made it known he hoped to fight in one last match, but this was delayed due to the pandemic.
In 2015, he admitted to being racist after a leaked sex tape featured featured him ranting against Black men and using the N word.
WWE terminated his contract and Mattel stopped producing his action figures.
He apologised in a TV interview a month later and attributed his comments to growing up around racial bias in his neighbourhood of Tampa, Florida.
Celebrities who came out in support of Hogan at the time included Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Mr. T and Dennis Rodman.
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A Hulk Hogan biopic starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Joker's Todd Phillips is in the pipeline.
Watch: Hulk Hogan has reportedly lost feeling below his waist after surgery