Wrestling Deaths

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:

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:

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.

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  1. Damn
    Posted August 10, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    sad deaths.Did chris really kill his family? The wweistruly bad luck, every death you said except owen had drugs in their system. R.i.p

  2. C A Johnson
    Posted August 10, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks for checking out the column. As far as I know, Chris did murder his family. There has been speculation that he may not have done it.

  3. kasper
    Posted September 11, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    I have been watching wrestling as long as I have been alive and I have never seen this many deaths just from wrestling

  4. C A Johnson
    Posted September 12, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    I know. It’s hard to believe how so many are gone. I will be writing another column about other deaths soon.

  5. C A Johnson
    Posted December 9, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for posting the info. I’m not sure who this wrestlers is, but I didn’t mind reading about him.

  6. Nicholas A. LeVack
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    And now The Fabulous Moolah has joined that list. It’s such a shame.

  7. C A Johnson
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Yeah, it’s a shame that she has died too.

  8. Nicholas A. LeVack
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Now her friend… what was it? The other old lady who she used to come out with in lingerie, to freak the crap out of the fans and the superstars? Can’t remember her name. May Young, maybe? Don’t think so. Can’t remember.

  9. C A Johnson
    Posted February 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Did Mae Young die too? I haven’t heard about her dying. If she did, when did she die?

  10. ron
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 7:40 am

    i really liked this article .great job

  11. C A Johnson
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you, Ron. I’m so glad that you liked it. I am gathering more info to write up another article about wrestling deaths.

  12. ruel
    Posted April 27, 2008 at 9:08 am

    thanks for the information i needed it for a research paper..it helped

  13. C A Johnson
    Posted April 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    You are very welcome, ruel. I am so happy that I was able to help you out. :)

  14. J P
    Posted May 9, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Owen Hart was a damn shame, freak accident and it cost him his life…

  15. C A Johnson
    Posted May 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for checking out my article, JP. I can’t believe that Owen died that way either. I remember watching the PPV that he was on when he fell like that. I just assumed that it was part of the show until Jim Ross said that it wasn’t.

  16. kcw.leighton
    Posted August 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    benoit was a wrestling legend the famous life goes straight to your head and he cant be blamed for entirely everything.

  17. daniel roldan
    Posted August 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    How all of a sudden all these wrestlers are diying from pills that’s strange remember vince got arrested for feeding his wrestlers steroids even though that’s not what they are not sayin that.Vince has a lot a lot a lot of money remember money talks u peaple know that or maybe u didn’t think about this.

  18. C A Johnson
    Posted August 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks for checking out the column. I do remember when Vince was in trouble because of the steroids.

  19. Posted January 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    That’s a whole lot of information. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Posted December 17, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Quite a few of the wrestlers die of heart problems.

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