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Jake "The Snake" Roberts

I Have Cancer

2/23/2014 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0223-jake-the-snake-wwe-01Jake "The Snake" Roberts has a cancerous tumor behind his knee ... and the wrestler says it's slowly growing into his muscle -- so he needs emergency surgery to remove the growth.

Roberts tells TMZ ... he noticed a tumor behind his knee the size of a half dollar last month so he had it tested ... and on Friday doctors told him the test came back positive for cancer.

Jake says he's scheduled to go under the knife Tuesday morning ... and after a few weeks off -- he'll make his return to Jersey Championship Wrestling on March 14th -- cancer, or not.

Jake adds, "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."

As for his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame ... the wrestler says nothing will stop him from getting to New Orleans for the ceremony.



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1.

Kelly    

Best wishes for pain relief and a speedy recovery.

206 days ago
2.

namers    

Steroids related?

206 days ago
3.

OneLove    

Scary! .. Hope he recovers.. But given his lifestyle.. Cancer isn't anything to phase hi.. It's heart attack and stroke he should watch out for.

206 days ago
4.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

Hope he recovers soon.

206 days ago
5.

Gretel    

When me and my siblings were little one of my brothers idolized Jake the Snake and he had a big rubber snake that he always carried with him like it was a real snake. Good luck Jake the Snake, I hope you were fortunate to have a primary site and early detection and you'll be back to living the life soon.

206 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Snakes keep killing or attempting to kill people this week, they are azzholes

206 days ago
7.

Shoozie    

Aww, get well soon !

206 days ago
8.

Anasty    

Respect.

206 days ago
9.

DRA1979    

Jake Roberts has been sober for quite some time now and aside from this tumor he's in great shape. His story is pretty amazing and the do***entary that was filmed during this entire comeback will be in theaters very soon.

206 days ago
10.

Mox    

So sad to hear. He looked great when he returned on RAW last month.

206 days ago
11.

HRH Prince Michael    

As a performer, Jake "The Snake" Roberts is among
the few which revolutionized an Industry (Read: The Business). Years ahead of many, in his Psychological-approach toward the fans and opponents. Both
cheered and booed, most of all, the fans UNDERSTOOD his sometimes sinister ways.

I humbly invite Everyone, to please pray for the Health of Mr. Jake Roberts - and all those whom are Ill, Unwell, or Afflicted.

206 days ago
12.

Nuohlac    

Best of luck Jake, you're one of the good guys.

206 days ago
13.

Big D    

Loved the Old School Wrestlers, like Jake the Snake, Diamond Dallas Page, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ric Flair, King Kong Bundy, Mankind, just to name a few. Jake's to tough to let a little cancer beat him.

206 days ago
14.

verlinda    

Best Wishes Jake !!

206 days ago
15.

Zarahs    

Noooooo

206 days ago
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