February 1, 2016 12:39 pm
Updated: February 1, 2016 3:08 pm

Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart reveals he’s battling prostate cancer

WATCH: Bret 'The Hitman' Hart announces he has new battle with prostate cancer.

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Former WWE superstar Bret “The Hitman” Hart revealed he has prostate cancer Monday via his Instagram account.

Hart broke the sad news by posting a picture of him and his grandchildren, alongside a heartfelt message.

It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. 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. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. 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. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B x

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“I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles,” he said. “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.”

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Calgary-born Hart, 58, is widely thought to be one of the best wrestlers of all time, and revitalized the wrestling industry in the ’90s with his showmanship and ring presence.

Hart began his wrestling career in 1976 as part of his father’s show Stampede Wrestling. Hart was a champion in the WWE (then known as the WWF) in the ’80s and ’90s.

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He might be best-known for the way he left the WWF in 1997, after a public falling-out with Vince McMahon. Hart won his final championship in 2010 when he headlined the WWE’s SummerSlam.

Hart’s youngest brother Owen, also a wrestler, died in 1999 after an accident occurred during WWF event Over the Edge.

Family and friends immediately started posting their support to social media.

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