Autopsy: Wrestler Reid Fliehr died from heroin overdosePosted: Updated:
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An official autopsy report has been released in the death of Reid Fliehr who was found dead in a SouthPark hotel room earlier this year.
The autopsy from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Officer was released on Friday afternoon.
Fliehr, who wrestled under the name Reid Flair and is the son of Charlotte's Ric Flair, was incapacitated due to drugs in a Charlotte hotel room in late March.
At the time of his death, police sources say there were signs of drug activity in the hotel room.
According to the autopsy report, the medical examiner noted that Fliehr's lungs were extremely heavy and congested. There was a small amount of bloody fluid noted in his larynx and trachea.
The medical examiner also noted a moderate degree of cerebral edema, an excess accumulation of fluid in the spaces of the brain.
The cause of death in this case is heroin toxicity, the medical examiner wrote.
"Although not present in any toxic or lethal amounts, clonazepam and alprazolam would be additive in respiratory depression and thus contributory to the death," the report states.
The toxicology report, which accompanied the autopsy findings, states that morphine was found in Fliehr's blood work and bladder. As the body breaks down heroin, it converts it into morphine.
Officers were called to the hotel, along the 6000 block of Piedmont Row Drive South, on March 29 around 10:35 a.m.
In the 911 calls that were later released, operators can be overheard talking to hotel staff at the Marriott Residence's Inn, who were asked to call 911. The calls were then transferred to a room inside the hotel.
On the call, wrestling legend Ric Flair, whose legal name is Richard Fliehr, can be heard screaming "He's out cold. He's out cold and he's turning purple! Please!"
Fliehr then hangs up during the call and a police dispatcher can be heard telling a medic dispatcher that "the only thing he said to me before I transferred was that his son was dying, he's turning purple."
That was the second call made to 911 in this case. In a previous call, that occurred just seconds before, 911 was transferred to Fliehr's room and had to leave a message after no one answered.
"Today is a very tough day for me and my family," Richard Fliehr told WBTV on shortly after his son's death.
Reid Fliehr was also a wrestler, like his father, and was currently Wrestling for All Japan Pro-Wrestling in Japan, according to his Twitter account. Both men wrestle under the last name of "Flair."
"I loved my son very much," Richard Fliehr said.
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