In October, Kevin Nash, a WWE Hall of Famer, reported the tragic and unexpected death of his 26-year-old son Tristen.
Tristen died after suffering a seizure and cardiac arrest.
In the days, weeks and months to follow, Nash reported having difficulty coping with the death of his son. During a Monday podcast, 12 weeks after Tristen’s death, Nash appeared to indicate he had suicidal thoughts.
“Time flies when you got a gun in your mouth. I mean, time flies when you’re having fun,” Nash said flippantly during his “Kliq This” podcast.
Sean Oliver, Nash’s co-host, attempted to redirect the conversation saying, “Don’t play like that. You have guns, so you can’t say those things.”
Surprisingly, Nash did not move the conversation into a more positive area, but instead replied sharply, “I can do whatever the f— I want to do. ‘Long as I leave a note.”
Nash continued: “Every morning when I wake up, the first thing that happens is I come to the realization that instead of there being three human beings in my home, there’s now two.”
The grieving wrestling champion added: “And the third person isn’t on vacation or staying with friends or is out late. He is never coming back. And then I sit up in the bed, and I have absolutely nothing I have to do, and it’s like, ‘So, why am I getting out of bed?'”
Nash holds himself partly responsible for his son’s death, noting that he and Tristen quit alcohol “cold turkey” days before Tristen’s passing.
“Alcohol is the nastiest … it’s a nasty drug,” Nash said a week after his son died. “Anybody out there, if you haven’t drank, you’ve probably done yourself an incredible service. If you do drink, and you’re having problems and know it’s affecting your life, and you know it’s affecting your health, you can’t see the damage it’s doing.”
“The seizure caused the cardiac arrest,” Nash said, according to Wrestlingnews.com. “He was basically dead in his room on the floor with the EMT working on him. They got him back and got him in the ambulance, and they tried to save his life. So to the people at Halifax hospital, doctors and nurses, I thank you.”
Nash added: “We both had decided that we were going to stop drinking, so it was a situation where you know, we both went cold turkey. I don’t think either of us felt great because you stop drinking coffee for a day and you get a headache. I think we were both dealing with it.”
Tristen worked as a producer on his father’s podcast.