Antonio Inoki is one of the biggest names in the history of wrestling.
The former multi-time world champion was the founder of New Japan Pro Wrestling, fought Muhammed Ali in a boxer vs. wrestler match and holds the record for headlining (along with Ric Flair), the two best attended wrestling events in history (two shows in 1995 in North Korea that drew a combined 340,000 people!)
Sadly, the legend of the squared circle is now battling a rare genetic heart disease known as cardiac amyloidosis, a condition that increases the build up of protein around the heart, thus causing circulation and respiratory issues.
It was said in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer that the disease only affects around 700-750 people in Japan and it is incurable.
Inoki is now 77 years old, wheelchair bound and does not maintain a public profile due to his fading health.
We wish this wrestling great the absolute best as he battles the disease like the warrior that he is. There is little doubt that the entire wrestling community will hold him in his thoughts, especially in Japan where he is one of the most revered figures in the country.