The death of Chris Benoit has inspired me to write about other wrestling deaths. Here’s a look at some deaths of other wrestling stars.
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I will be giving you a brief description of the wrestler’s lives and their deaths. This article will be done in parts because there are a lot of wrestlers who have died over the years. You may be amazed at how many of the deaths were due to past drug use. A lot of them died young.
Sheri Martel was born Sheri Russell on February 8, 1958. She was best known as Sensational Sheri. Throughout her career, she wrestled in WWE, AWA, NWA, ECW, and WCW as well as the independent circuit. She was a women’s champion. She was also a manager for Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Ted DiBiase, and Shawn Michaels as well as many others. She was fired from the WWE after failing a drug test. She was also fired from WCW because she wasn’t in proper condition.
She died on June 15, 2007. She died at her mother’s house. The police confirmed that she did not die of natural causes. It’s possible that she died due to drugs. Her death still remains unsolved. Her husband, mother, sister as well as other relatives survive her. I was shocked by how little coverage her death received. She didn’t die of natural causes so it should have been covered more. If I hadn’t been looking at a website, I wouldn’t have known she died.
Eddie Guerrero was born Eduardo Gory Guerrero on October 9, 1967. He went by different ring names, but he was best known as Eddie Guerrero. He was from the Guerrero wrestling family. He wrestled in ECW, WCW, and the WWE. He won numerous championship titles during his career. He battled with an alcohol problem as well as a drug addiction. After his death, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He was found unconscious on November 3, 2005 in a hotel room in Minneapolis. His nephew Chavo Guerrero found him. An autopsy showed that he died of heart failure caused by an undiagnosed arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. He had used narcotic pain killers at the time of his death. His wife, children, as well as other family members survive him. I wasn’t really familiar with him until he entered the WWE. It was a shame that he died when he did since he was trying to get his life back on track because of his addictions.
Bam Bam Bigelow:
He was born Scott Charles Bigelow on September 1, 1961. He was most recognized as having tattoos over his body. He was known as the Beast From the East. He wrestled in the WWE, ECW, and WCW. His most memorable match was with Lawrence “LT” Taylor during WrestleMania XI in 1995. Throughout his career he battled a drug problem. He also had run-ins with the law. One was in 2004 when he was charged with endangering the life of a child through reckless driving. The charges were dropped. He was also convicted of possession of cannabis. He was also sued by his ex-wife for non-payment of child support.
He was found dead in his home in Florida on January 19, 2007. At a time, he was suffering from diabetes. She autopsy report showed that there were multiple drugs found in his system. He was also suffering from a heart problem at the time. Several children survive him. I remember when he debuted in the WWE. I thought he was a pretty good wrestler considering his size. I thought his death should have had more coverage. Once his death was announced, it was quickly dropped. Considering he was from New Jersey, there was not enough coverage about his death in New Jersey papers. I know this for a fact because I’m from New Jersey.
Davey Boy Smith:
He was born David Boy Smith on November 28, 1962. He was best known as Davey Boy Smith. He started in the WWE as a tag-team wrestler with the Dynamite Kid. They were known as the British Bulldogs. I thought they were a great tag team. I thought they worked really well together. Together they held tag-team championships. I’m not sure if you know this, but they were cousins.
After years as tag-team partners, Davey Boy became a singles wrestler. He won championships as a singles wrestler. I think his best match (in my opinion), was against Bret Hart at Summer Slam where he won the Intercontinental title from Bret Hart. Speaking of Bret, Davey was the brother-in-law of Bret and Owen Hart. As well as the other wrestlers, he also had a drug problem.
He died of a heart attack on May 18, 2002 while on vacation in British Columbia. An autopsy revealed that past anabolic steroid use may have played a part in his death. His children as well as other relatives survived him.
He was born Owen Hart on May 7, 1965. He was the youngest of the Hart children. He’s from the famous Hart wrestling family. His biggest push in the WWE was during his feud with his older brother Bret. He had tagged with his brother-in-law Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart to form the New Hart Foundation. He held tag-team championship titles as well as the King of the Ring title. I thought he was a good technical wrestler. I thought some of his best matches were with Bret. I thought they brought out the best in each other. I think their best match was at WrestleMania X where he defeated Bret. That win really helped jump start his career in the WWE.
He was in the process of starting a match in Kansas City, Missouri when he had an accident. He was in the process of being lowered in the ring from the rafters of Kemper Arena. He was getting ready to wrestle the Godfather for the Intercontinental Championship. He was to be lowered to just above ring level at which time he would release himself to the safety harness and fall flat on his face for comedy relief. Something went terribly wrong. The harness broke and he fell from the top hitting a ring post. He died less than an hour later on his way to the hospital. He died on May 23, 1999.
I remember this as if it happened yesterday. I thought it was part of the act until the medical crew went over to him. The commentators also said that it was really happening. I figured it was a matter of time before he would have died because of the way he was hurt. It has been eight years and I still find his death shocking. His wife, his children, as well as the rest of his family survive him.