WWE News: Reports of Jake 'The Snake' Roberts dying are false
Certain quarters of the IWC were rocked by the news of WWE Hall Of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts having passed away. The report which, according to wrestlingnewssource.com surfaced through a site called ‘WWE Mania’, has since been removed having been proven completely untrue.
The report said that the 60-year-old succumbed to cancer. Roberts, real name Aurelian Smith Jr., successfully underwent surgery in February 2012 for muscular cancer detected below the knee. It was announced in July that year that Roberts was cancer-free.
Fellow WWE Hall Of Famer ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund echoed the presumable thoughts of the wrestling community with his tweet:
In August 2014, Roberts’ health once again suffered a major scare when he complained of pain and shortness of breath while on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas. It was later revealed that Roberts was advised by doctors not to travel after being diagnosed with flu a couple of weeks earlier. Roberts was diagnosed with pneumonia upon arrival in Las Vegas.
The acclaimed documentary, ‘The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts’ which chronicles his recovery from nearly losing the struggle against drugs and alcohol, is available on Netflix from June 1st.