Jake 'The Snake' Roberts Rushed to Hospital With Double Pneumonia

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Jake "The Snake" Roberts was on a flight to Las Vegas Wednesday when he fell ill and collapsed.

Immediately upon landing at the airport, the WWE Hall of Famer was transported to the hospital, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia.

Roberts has since been in and out of consciousness in the intensive care unit as he fights the infection with a weakened immune system.

Fellow wrestler Sinn Bodhi told TMZ that Roberts went to a doctor two weeks ago because of his illness and was told he had the flu. Bodhi, who spent the night with his friend at the hospital Wednesday, said all the doctor told him was he needed rest.

Bodhi said that despite being in pain, the wrestler didn't follow-up with a second doctor's appointment, believing he was merely suffering from the flu and the issue would resolve with time.

Doctors say Roberts' immune system is compromised, and they intend to do some follow up tests as he continues to recuperate and rest.

"Right now, we're all just staying positive," said Bodhi.

Recent posts on Twitter from friends and colleagues seem to be encouraging.

The 59-year-old wrestler has battled cancer and addiction and says his faith gets him through the rough patches in life.

"If the devil can't defeat me, cancer doesn't stand a chance in hell!," Roberts told TMZ in February. "Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease 'cause the snake will be just fine!"

Pam Wright