American professional wrestler Roman Reigns has relinquished his World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Universal Championship title after revealing that he is battling with Leukemia.
Making the announcement, the 33-year-old said that he has been living with the disease for 11 years and the return of the same has forced him to take a leave of absence from WWE.
"I've been living with leukemia for 11 years, and unfortunately it's back...I'm going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship," WWE quoted Reigns, as saying.
EXCLUSIVE: Moments after announcing that his returning leukemia has forced him to relinquish the Universal Championship, @WWERomanReigns is met with an outpouring of support backstage. #Raw pic.twitter.com/JRv0iYLILJ— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018
Reigns, however, clarified that the hiatus should not be considered as his retirement, adding that he would be back after beating Leukemia.
"This is by no means a retirement speech. I will beat this, and I will be back, so you will see me very, very soon,' he concluded.