WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash has opened up on the death of his son, Tristen, who passed away last week at the age of 26.
Nash discussed the unexpected loss on his “Kliq this” podcast, saying that his son had a seizure, which he believes was a result of quitting drinking cold turkey.
“The seizure caused the cardiac arrest,” Nash said, according to Wrestlingnews.co. “He was basically dead in his room on the floor with the EMT working on him. They got him back and got him in the ambulance and they tried to save his life. So to the people at Halifax hospital, doctors and nurses, I thank you.”
“We both had decided that we were going to stop drinking so it was a situation where you know we both went cold turkey. I don’t think either of us felt great because you stop drinking coffee for a day and you get a headache. I think we were both dealing with it.”
Tristen acted as a producer on his father’s podcast. Nash also discussed why they had both decided to quit drinking.
“He had had a couple of incidents. We actually sat up here last Wednesday and in the course of the show, he drank four or five beers unbeknownst to me,” Nash said. “I got pissed at him because he had a situation at the beginning of the year where he was hospitalized for almost 60 days.”
Nash continued, saying the two decided to stop drinking “after the show,” and explained that, “a week later, he passes. When you look back at things, it’s like, so he wasn’t feeling good. So we were kind of, my wife and I were just kind of like waiting on him hand and foot. We knew he was trying to do this. One of the things that if you WebMD that, one of the things of cold turkey is that you have an increased risk of having a seizure.”
Nash discussed the conversation he’d had with the doctors, saying, “He said, ‘Your son’s not going to make it.’ I said, ‘I’m not going to pull his breathing tube out. I won’t do that. That’s not an option. You’re saying that when he had the cardiac arrest, he did damage to his heart, so that’s why we can’t get his bottom number up,’”
“The bottom ventricle had been damaged to some degree because he didn’t have the ability to push blood,” Nash explained. “His top number was much higher and even though they medically brought the top number down, he was like 111 over 55. He stopped putting out urine. There were so many things mounting.”
He also said that he had heard from many people in the wake of his son’s untimely death, including former WWE chairman Vince McMahon who texted him, “This is my new number. If you need me, I’m here,” and Ric Flair, who lost his son Reid in 2013 at the age of 25.
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