Terry Funk, who just turned 77 on 6/30, has been moved into an assisted living home, which is really heartbreaking to hear.
On the Terry Funk twitter account, a note was posted after Don Muraco has spoken about hearing about Funk’s issues on his podcast after hearing from Scott Casey, who was going to visit him in Amarillo.
“Yes, Mr. Funk is currently receiving residential care for his multiple health issues, which do affect his mind as well as the rest of his body. As you can imagine, some days are better than others. He and his family appreciate all of your kind words.”
Funk was a genius when it came to crowd psychology and working and one of the greatest all-around to ever do it.
Muraco stated that Funk has advanced dementia. I talked with Funk about two months ago and we had a great conversation and at that time I would not call what he had advanced dementia. But he had been having problems dating back a few years. He had been having physical problems for much longer, particularly after he made the mistake of flying to work on a Tommy Dreamer show years ago leaving the hospital after hernia surgery. He was told not to travel but he had the mentality that you don’t miss a booking and from a personal level he was very close to Dreamer so that was a booking he wasn’t going to miss. But he was in so much pain and the abdominal hernia never recovered, and he almost never traveled after that point even though he wanted to attend events like the Cauliflower Alley Club and see his old friends each year.