Former American wrestler Jimmy Rave has both legs amputated after MRSA diagnosis

American wrestler Jimmy Rave has had both legs amputated following a diagnosis of MRSA.

This is yet more tragic news for the 38-year-old, who had his left arm removed just last year, which forced him into immediate retirement.

Rave, whose real name is James Guffey, took to Twitter to announce the sad news to his fans.

"Apparently it's time for me to come clean”, he began.

"This past June I began having trouble walking & went to my surgeon.

"He determined I had MRSA in both legs & they needed to be amputated immediately.

"Promoters can tell you along with my peers, I've had a history with this and would cancel shows often due to this condition."

The beloved star added: "I don't know where rumours started this was due to something else, but I hadn't been to shows for so long.

"So where did someone see me do something? I have ALWAYS been honest with my past. I went on podcasts and interviews being super candid.

"Pro wrestling is all I ever loved. It sucks to think that the tribe I would have died for, would say untrue things about me.

"I've gone this whole time not disclosing my legs because of this embarrassment. Sorry I fell short of your expectations. I tried… I really did."

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a group of Gram-positive bacteria which is responsible for several infections in the human body that are difficult to treat.

The former pro wrestler also posted a picture of his alarming medical bill, which cost more than $100,000 (£72,600).

He asked if supporters could help with the funds, as he penned: “Thank you to all those who have been supportive of this journey thus far.

“Your contributions have helped in my daily living and getting life back in order. I just recently got this bill in the mail… WOW! If you can help.”

Rave wrestled throughout the 2000s and 2010s and is best known for his time working for Ring of Honor (ROH) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

During his Ring of Honor days, he feuded with the likes of Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles, who have both had successful careers in WWE.

Former wrestlers and fans showed their support for the ex-grappler, as Romain Vezirian wrote: "I hate that this happened to you. Going from being a huge fan of yours to sharing the ring with you remains the highlight of my career. We're all rooting for you."

Another wrestler added: “I'm really sorry this happened to you, you never failed any of us and you are an inspiration to all of us.

"The amount of things I've stolen from your work or knowledge you've given that I've quoted to others is priceless.”

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