Balls Mahoney Death – Heart Attack

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Balls Mahoney, Dead at 44. photo:

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Jonathan Rechner, known to ECW fans as Balls Mahoney, died on April 12th, 2016. Rechner died from a heart attack. He was 44 years old.

Just two months prior to his death, Balls Mahoney’s former ECW tag partner, Axl Rotten passed away after suffering from a heroin overdose.

Several other wrestlers passed in 2016 including Blackjack Mulligan, Mr. Fuji, Iron Mike Sharpe, and Frenchy Martin.

On October 21st, 2016, the Boston Globe reported that CTE was discovered in Rechner’s brain. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the hardcore nature of Balls Mahoney’ wrestling style.

Earlier this year, we wrote a piece about CTE and the ongoing concussion lawsuit against the WWE.

The WWE, along with Mahoney’s former colleagues, have taken to Twitter to pay respects:

ECW 1999: Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten. photo:

ECW 1999: Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten. photo:

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Balls Mahoney and ECW owner Paul Heyman

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