Kevin Nash has opened up about the death of his 26-year-old son, Tristen.
The WWE Hall of Famer opened up about the tragedy on his “Kliq” podcast, saying his son had a seizure that he says was the result of quitting drinking cold turkey.
“The seizure caused the cardiac arrest,” Nash said, relayed by Wrestlingnews.co. “He was basically dead in his bedroom on the floor with the EMT working on him. They picked him up and put him in the ambulance and they tried to save his life. So to the people at the Halifax hospital, doctors and nurses, thank you.
“We both decided we were going to stop drinking, so it was a situation where you know we both went cold turkey. I don’t think any of us feel good because you stop drinking coffee for a day and get a headache. I think we both had it.
Tristen worked as a producer on his father’s podcast. Elder Nash explained why they decided to quit drinking.
“He had had a few incidents. We actually sat here last Wednesday and during the show he drank four or five beers without my knowledge. I got mad at him because he had a situation earlier this year where he was hospitalized for almost 60 days,” Nash said.
Nash continued to think.
“After the show, and a week later, it passes,” he said. “When you look back, it’s like, he wasn’t feeling well. So we were kind of, my wife and I were just kind of like waiting for him feet and fists. We knew he was One of the things that if you use WebMD, one of the cold turkey things is that you have an increased risk of having a seizure.
Nash also revisited the conversation the doctors had with him.
“He said, ‘Your son won’t make it.’ I said, ‘I’m not going to take out his breathing tube. I will not do that. It’s not an option. You say when he had a cardiac arrest he damaged his heart, that’s why we can’t raise his lower number,” Nash said. “The lower ventricle had been damaged to some extent because it didn’t have the ability to push blood. Its peak number was much higher and even though they medically reduced the peak number it was like 111 on 55. He stopped urinating.There was so much stuff coming up.
Nash, 63, is one of the most influential wrestlers of the last generation. Along with Scott Hall, he left the then-WWF for WCW and soon formed the NWO with Hulk Hogan, sparking the legendary Monday Night Wars between the two promotions. Hall tragically died in March after suffering multiple heart attacks as a result of complications from hip surgery.
He said on the podcast that among the people he heard from following his son’s untimely death was former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon – who texted him: “Here’s 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.