WWE star Ro­man Reigns an­nounces he has leukemia

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PROV­I­DENCE, R.I. — WWE wrestler Ro­man Reigns says he will step away from the ring be­cause he has leukemia.

The 33-year-old Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa’i, made the an­nounce­ment last week on Oct. 22 to open the episode of “Raw.”

He was orig­i­nally di­ag­nosed in 2008 at age 22, though he quickly went into re­mis­sion. He’s been fight­ing the dis­ease since.

Anoa’i, who played foot­ball at Ge­or­gia Tech, has ap­peared in the last four main events at WrestleMa­nia. The WWE’s uni­ver­sal cham­pion said dur­ing the an­nounce­ment that he plans on re­turn­ing to the ring when he gets healthy.

“Reigns is tak­ing his bat­tle with leukemia pub­lic in an ef­fort to raise aware­ness and funds for re­search in or­der to ad­vance cures for the dis­ease,” WWE said in a state­ment.

/ Jae S. Lee/The Dal­las Morn­ing News via AP, File)

Ro­man Reigns holds up the cham­pi­onship belt af­ter de­feat­ingTriple H dur­ing WrestleMa­nia 32 atAT&T Sta­dium in Ar­ling­ton, Texas in 2016. Reigns, a WWEwrestler, says he will step away from the ringbe­cause he has leukemia. The 33-yearold Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa’i, made the an­nounce­ment Mon­day, Oct. 22 to open the episode of“Raw.”

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