Wrestling legend Bret Hart reveals he has prostate cancer

The 58-year-old penned an emotional message to fans on his Facebook page yesterday

Wrestling legend Bret Hart reveals he has prostate cancer

Bret Hart/Facebook

Fans of the golden generation of professional wrestling will have fond memories of Bret "The Hitman" Hart and yesterday he publicly announced that he is now battling prostate cancer.

The 58-year-old took to Facebook to announce it to his followers and and said he hopes to be an "example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes".

"I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles," wrote Hart, "I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all."

The seven-time world champion and the only two-time King of the Ring winner suffered a stroke in 2002 and faced "a devastating career-ending concussion and numerous surgeries" after 23 years in the ring.

WWE Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart celebrates his victory over Mr. McMahon at WrestleMania XXVI on March 28, 2010. Image: Ric Scuteri / AP/Press Association Images

"I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already.

"Love is my weapon and I've got much of it around me all the time, for which I'm truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying."

It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around...

Posted by Bret Hart on Monday, 1 February 2016