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By Connor Mannion

Retired professional wrestler Bret Hart, announced on Monday that he has been battling cancer.

"With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer," Hart said in posts across multiple social media platforms.

"In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all," Hart continued.

Hart has faced health issues in the past, most notably a 1999 concussion which resulted in his retirement from in-ring wrestling activity.

Prior to his retirement, Hart was a decorated performer for both the WWE, and the now defunct World Championship Wrestling. He held the heavyweight championship several times total during his tenure with the two companies.

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, and continues to make sporadic appearances for the organization.