Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pro Wrestling Deaths 2011 to present

2011




Name: Big Val Puccio

 Date of Death: January 7, 2011

Age: 45

Cause of Death: obesity

 Story of Death: unknown

 Known For: WWF 1992, ECW 1995




Name: Sir Oliver Humperdink

 Date of Death: March 19, 2011

Age: 62

Cause of Death: Cancer

 Story of Death: unknown

 Known For: WWF Manager 1987-1988, WCW Manager 1989-1991




 Name: Larry Sweeney

Date of Death: April 11, 2011

Age: 29

Cause of Death: Suicide

Story of Death: unknown

Known For: Ring of Honor



 Name: The Black Widow

Date of Death: April 17, 2011

 Age: 42

Cause of Death: unknown

 Story of Death: unknown

 Known For: Pittsburgh Wrestling Valet of T. Ranchula




 Name: Macho Man Randy Savage

Date of Death: May 20, 2011

Age: 58

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Story of Death: On the morning of May 20, 2011, Savage died after suffering a sudden, massive heart attack. While driving with his wife in Seminole, Florida, a town on the Pinellas County side of the Tampa Bay area. He was 58 years old. Savage became unresponsive and lost control of his Jeep Wrangler, crashing into a tree. Initial reports of his death indicated that he had been killed in the collision, when in fact he and his wife had been wearing seatbelts and suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash. An autopsy performed by the Pinellas-Pasco County medical examiner's office found that he had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease. The only drugs found in his system were a prescription painkiller and a small amount of alcohol. Savage had never been treated for heart problems and there was no evidence he knew of his condition. The cause of death was official ruled as "atherosclerotic heart disease

 Known For: WWF 1985-1994, WCW 1994-2000, TNA 2004


Name: Betty Wagner

Date of Death: June 3, 2011

Age: 98

Cause of Death: unknown

 Story of Death: unknown

 Known For: Former Wife & Valet of Gorgeous George




Name: JT Roberts

 Date of Death: June 11, 2011

 Age: 29

Cause of Death: Car Accident

Story of Death: unknown

Known For: Indy Wrestler for 1CW




Name: Donna Christanello

Date of Death: August 26, 2011

 Age: 69

Cause of Death: Cancer

 Story of Death: unknown

 Known For: Legendary Woman Wrestler that Trained Sensational Sherri


 Name: Little Toyko

 Date of Death: September 6, 2011

 Age: 70

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

 Story of Death: unknown

Known For: Legendary Midget Wrestler




Name: Andy Tsimpides

 Date of Death: September 19, 2011

 Age: 94

Cause of Death: unknown

 Story of Death: unknown

Known For: manager of gorgeous George

2012



Name: Aunt Kitty

Date of Death: January 7, 2012

Age: unknown

Cause of Death: Unknown

Story of Death: Unknown

Known for: GLOW 1986-1990


Name: Doug Furnas

Date of Death: March 2, 2012

Age: 52

Cause of Death: Hypertensive Heart Disease  

Story of Death: Furnas' body was discovered on March 3, 2012 at his home in Tucson, Arizona; the precise date of his death could not be estimated by the medical examiner because of decomposition, but is presumed to have been sometime in February. He was 52 years old. The official cause of death was atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for many years prior to his death. His death was confirmed by one of his sisters. He was survived by his wife, parents, three sisters, one brother, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was divorced once.

Known for: WWF 1996-1997




Name: Chief Jay Strongbow

Date of Death: April 3, 2012

Age: 83

Cause of Death: unknown

Story of Death: Suffered a fall at the end of 2011, never recovered after that

Known for: Legendary WWWF Wrestler, WWF Hall of Fame 1994


Name: Rita Cortez

Date of Death: July 27, 2012

Age: 73

Cause of death: unknown

Story of death: unknown

Known for: trained by Fabulous Moolah and married her husband Buddy Lee and created Buddy Lee Attractions with him


Name Mike Graham

Date of Death: October 19, 2012

Age: 61

Cause of death: Suicide

Story of death: On October 19, 2012, Graham was found dead by his wife of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at their residence in Daytona Beach, Florida. His father and son had committed suicide in similar manners on January 21, 1985 and December 14, 2010, respectively

Known for: Son of legendary wrestler Eddie Graham, AWA (1981-1983)


Name: Brad Armstrong

Date of Death: November 1, 2012

Age: 51

Cause of Death:

Story of Death: On November 1, 2012, Armstrong was found dead in his Kennesaw, Georgia home, after seeing his physician the previous week for an undisclosed medical issue. The news of his death was broken via WWE.com. The cause of death was labeled "medical distress".

Known for: WCW (1980-2000), from the famous Armstrong wrestling family


Name: Awesome Kong

Date of Death: November 17, 2012

Age: 54

Cause of Death: Massive Heart Attack

Story of Death: unknown

Known for: WCW (1993)

2013



Name: Billy the Kid

Date of Death:  January 17, 2013

Age: 76

Cause of Death:

Story of Death:

Known for: Famous Midget wrestler from the 1950s to the 1980s




Name: Paul Bearer

Date of Death: March 5, 2013

Age: 58

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Story of Death: On March 2, he attended the annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion in Mobile, AL. According to club board member "Cowboy" Bob Kelly, Moody was having breathing difficulties at the event, was coughing, and told friends he was going to seek treatment for respiratory problems. Kelly said that Moody was treated for a blood clot after the reunion.

Known for Undertaker’s manager WWF (1991-2000), TNA (2003) WWE (2004) WWE (2010)




Name: Reid Flair

Date of death: March 29, 2013

Age: 25

Cause of Death: accidental overdose of heroin and the prescription drugs clonazepam and alprazolam

Story of Death: On March 29, 2013, Fliehr was found dead in bed at a Residence Inn in the SouthPark hotel room in Charlotte, North Carolina. In June 2013, Flair’s autopsy revealed he had died from an accidental overdose of heroin and the prescription drugs clonazepam and alprazolam

Known for: son of legendary wrestler Ric Flair, appeared on WCW Nitro and Thunder challenging Eric Bishoff


Name: Ella Waldek

Date of Death: April 17, 2013

Age: 82

Cause of Death: unknown

Story of Death: unknown

Known for: Famous girl wrestler from the golden era of wrestling, featured in Lipstick & Dynamite documentary




Name: Hector Garza

Date of Death: May 26, 2013

Age: 43

Cause of Death: lung cancer

Story of Death: He retired from active competition to under chemotherapy and additional treatment.]Garza died on May 26, 2013. He was the reigning Mexican National Heavyweight Champion when he died.

Known for: WWF, WCW, & TNA star….




Name: Mark Starr

Date of Death: June 7, 2013

Age: 50

Cause of Death: heart attack

Story of Death: unknown

Known for: WCW tag team Men at Work w/Chris Kanyon




Name: Al Green

Date of Death: June 13, 2013

Age: 57

Cause of Death: unknown

Story of Death: unknown

Known for: WCW (1992-1993) WCW (1999-2001)





Name: Matt Borne

Date of Death: June 28, 2013

Age: 55

Cause of Death: accidental overdose of morphine and hydrocodone

Story of death: Osborne was found dead on June 28, 2013, in the Plano, Texas house he shared with his business partner. Though no weapons were found near his body, and police have said the death appears accidental, they launched a precautionary homicide investigation. The autopsy revealed Osborne had died of an accidental overdose of morphine and hydrocodone. He also suffered from heart disease, which had been a contributing factor in his death.

Known for: WWF (1985), WCW (1991-1992) WWF (1992-1995 as Doink the Clown) ECW (1996)


Name: Big Bad Mama

Date of Death: June 29, 2013

Age: 61

Cause of Death:

Story of Death:

Known for: GLOW Star, appeared on Married with Children episode




Name: Cousin Luke

Date of Death: September 29, 2013

Age: Unknown

Cause of Death: suffered from multiple sclerosis and diabetes
Story of Death: unknown
Known for: AWA Star & WWF Star as a member of the Hillbilly Family of the 1980's

Name: Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon
Date of Death: November 21, 2013
Age: 84
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Story of Death: unknown

Known for: AWA Wrestler, NWA Wrestler, WWE Hall of Fame 2010, from the famous Vachon wrestling family including Paul "The Butcher" Vachon, Vivian Vachon, & Luna Vachon 





Name: Joyce Farhat

Date of Death: November 28, 2013
Age: 83
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Story of Death: unknown

Known for: Valet and Wife of the world's most hated wrestler The Sheik


Name: Princess Paula

Date of Death: December 5, 2013
Age: Unknown
Cause of Death: unknown
Story of Death: unknown
Known for: famous wrestler of the 1970s to the 1980s in great Britain, former manager & wife of WWE star Fit Finely


Name: Vivian St. John

Date of Death: December 20, 2013
Age: 63
Cause of Death: following a long illness 
Story of Death: unknown

Known for: trained by the Fabulous Moolah



2014

Name: Mae Young

Date of Death: January 14, 2014
Age: 90
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Story of Death:  On December 31, 2013, it was reported that Young had been hospitalized. The Charleston Post & Courier erroneously reported that she had died on January 9, 2014.Young's death was announced by the WWE on January 14 after having died at her home in Columbia, South Carolina

Known for: First Person to wrestle in at least one match or more in 8 separate decades from the 1930s to the 2000s, WWE (1999 to 2000), WWE Hall of Fame 2008, Wrestling oldest personality in it's history 



Name: Nelson Frazier JR.

Date of Death: February 18, 2014
Age: 43
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Story of Death: Unknown

Known for: WWF (1993-1995), 1995 King of the Ring, WWF (1999-2000), WWE (2004-2008)


Name: The Ultimate Warrior

Date of Death: April 8, 2014
Age: 54
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
Story of Death: Warrior died on April 8, 2014. He had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, appeared at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, and made his first Raw appearance in almost 18 years on April 7, the day before his death. According to reports, Warrior clutched his chest and collapsed at 5:50 p.m. while walking to his car with his wife outside of their hotel in Arizona. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at age 54. Warrior's colleagues reportedly said that Warrior appeared frail during WrestleMania weekend, and that he was sweating profusely and breathing heavily backstage.
An autopsy revealed that Warrior died a natural death caused by atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and more immediately, a heart attack.

Known for: WWF (1997-1992), WWF (1996), WCW (1998) WWE Hall of Fame 2014




Name: Lee Marshall

Date of Death: April 26, 2014
Age: 64
Cause of Death:  esophageal cancer
Story of Death: unknown

Known for: AWA , WCW, & WOW Announcer 

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