Flair's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, released the following statement: "We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing. Reid was an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler. No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time."
According to wcnc.com, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police received a call around 10:30 a.m. ET that a man was unresponsive in a hotel room. Police identified the man as Reid Flair. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
Reid Flair had been wrestling in Japan occasionally for the last year to improve his skills in the ring. He was in the U.S. and scheduled to tour with his father this weekend.
He was expected to be signed by WWE at some point in the future, as his father has recently rejoined the company.
Reaction by the pro wrestling community on Twitter was immediate.
My heart is with Ric and Reid Flair today! Reid was my son too!— Rowdy Roddy Piper (@R_Roddy_Piper) March 29, 2013
Heavy heart. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to Ric Flair and family at the passing of Reid Flair. Such a sad day.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) March 29, 2013
To Ric flair and His family, I'm So Sorry for the Loss of Reid, Ric's Son. You Were family to Me. GOD Bless You Ric! I Love U— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) March 29, 2013
We will have more on this story as it develops throughout the day.
[Update: An earlier version of this post listed Reid Flair's age as 24. He is 25.]