On October 22, four-time Arnold Classic Champion Ken “Flex Wheeler” shared a post on Instagram confirming that he had to undergo an emergency surgery that concluded with the partial amputation of his right leg. The surgery took place last week and it was reported by several outlets on Monday, but this was Wheeler’s first direct comments on what has happened. While there have been reports about the reason for the surgery, Wheeler had not commented directly about why it had to take place.
The post appears to be made by someone on his behalf but it is on his official and verified social media platform.
“Kenneth ‘Flex’ Wheeler, the legendary/iconic professional bodybuilder and 4 time winner of the Arnold Classic, underwent emergency surgery last week which required the partial amputation of his right leg.”
Wheeler was considered one of the most successful bodybuilders of the 1990’s. He won three of his four Arnold Classic titles in that decade and also placed 2nd at the Mr. Olympia on three occasions, once to Dorian Yates and twice to Ronnie Coleman.
His last competition as an Open competitor was at the 2003 Olympia which he placed 6th. In 2017, he made a one-time comeback and competed in the Classic Physique division where he placed 15th.
Comments from athletes that he competed with as well as stars today have been shared across numerous platforms showing support for Wheeler.
“Get well, Flex. We are praying for your speedy recovery.” – Jay Cutler, 4-time Mr. Olympia
“Very sorry about this, Flex. My prayers are with you. Speedy recovery, Champ!” – George Peterson, 2019 Arnold Classic Physique winner.
“Very sad and humbling news. He’s one of us and one of the best to ever do it! Get well soon!” – Shawn Ray – IFBB Pro Hall of Famer.
“We are all here to send positivity and love @officialflexwheeler .” – Phil Heath, 7-time Mr. Olympia
Stay tuned for more information on this story as it develops.
Featured image: @officialflexwheeler on Instagram