The Post And Courier originally published a story on Thursday claiming that Mae Young was dead. But that article has since been deleted and replaced with a new one. The new article also claims the wrestler is gravely ill but not deceased.
Mae Young first debuted in professional wrestling as a teenager. She built up a rivalry with fellow wrestler Mildred Burke and became the first U.S. Women's champion. But Young and Burke worked together to train Fabulous Moolah, who became one of the biggest stars in female wrestling.
According to TMZ, Mae Young wrestled in nine different decades from 1939 to 2010. But while she stayed out of the spotlight for a few years, she returned with a bang in 1999. She and Moolah appeared on Smackdown that year, where Young was defeated by a Figure-Four Leglock.
Still, she continued to appear on WWE throughout the 2000s, even having a brief "affair" with Mark Henry. She then famously gave birth to a "hand" during an episode of Raw, and a grown-up version of the hand returned for Raw's 1000th episode. Mae Young was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Watch Mae Young and her "son" return to Raw below.
Post And Courier reported earlier this week that Mae Young was near death and in hospice care. A friend told the paper that the legend's kidney was failing, and she needed an oxygen machine to breathe.
"She's had a good, long life," said former wrestling champion Susan Green. "But things start wearing out by the time you get to be 90. She's lived an amazing life. If all of us could be so lucky."
Watch Mae Young's Hall of Fame induction video below.
Even though Mae Young is not dead, some wrestlers heard the viral rumors of her passing and posted condolences on Twitter. Natalya wrote, "Mae was fierce in the ring & glamorous at the same time. I'm grateful I got to know her. She told me all about her feud with Mildred Burke!"
Meanwhile, Bully Ray tweeted. '"Hey hotshot, if ya gonna slam me, slam me like one of the boys!' God Bless you Mae. I will never forget you. Thanks for being my friend."