Future Hall-of-Fame inductee, Jake Roberts, is suffering from cancer, reports revealed today.
TMZ reported earlier today that Roberts, known as 'Jake the Snake' during his lengthy wrestling career, has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor behind his knee and will undergo emergency surgery to resolve the issue.
The 58-year old is set to be inducted into the 2014 hall-of-fame and recently returned to WWE, along with his famous partner Damien the snake, to appear in a January 6th episode of Raw.
Roberts has previously had issues with substance abuse, but has been clean in recent times. And the former-wrestler spoke defiantly of the latest challenge he faces:
"If the devil can't defeat me, cancer doesn't stand a chance in hell!
"Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease 'cause The Snake will be just fine," he told TMZ.com.
Jake the Snake was a major cult hero amongst wrestling fans of the late 80s and 90s, and enthralled fans with intense promos and his DDT finisher.
His planned induction into the hall-of-fame this April proves his value to the organization, and the entire WWE and it's fan base will be wishing Roberts luck as he takes on his latest battle.
After undergoing surgery, Roberts plans to return at Jersey Championship Wrestling on March 14th.