Chris Duffy Death

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Chris Duffy Death – Brain Aneurysm 1965-2000 (Age 35) As we’ve seen with profiles of wrestlers such as Chase Tatum and Mike Bell, not every wrestler gets to be a main eventer, but even everyday enhancement talent have their moment of glory. Chris Duffy served as enhancement talent in the WWF for most of his career, but his career did not go by without note. Duffy would have his brief moments in the sun during his wrestling career, and help save the lives of others after he died. Massachusetts Mat Man Christopher Duffy was born in Braintree, Massachusetts on July 7, 1965 to Sandy and Paul Duffy. Duffy was trained by wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski, working as a top star in Kowalski’s International Wrestling Federation promotion; holding the IWF Heavyweight Championship in 1986 and 1987 (future legend Triple H would hold the same belt under

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Professor Tanaka Death

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Professor Tanaka Death – Heart Attack 1930-2000 (Age 70) The man who entered the halls of wrestling legend as the Japanese villain “Professor” Toru Tanaka was actually a Hawaiian native. Tanaka would team with another Hawaiian-turned-Japanese villain, Mr. Fuji, terrorizing the WWWF during the 1970’s. Tanaka was a frequent offender in the WWWF battling the promotion’s most beloved babyfaces in singles and tag team action. Tanaka was also a Hollywood regular, with 46 film and TV credits according to the Internet Movie Database. Although Tanaka seemed to always play a villain, he was loved behind the scenes as one of wrestling’s kindest souls, despite a reputation as a legit tough man. Hawaiian Puncher Charles Kalani was born on January 6, 1930 and began studying jiu-jitsu in 1939 (eventually earning the rank of Danzan-Ryu Black Belt). A troubled youth, Kalani reportedly turned his life around under the direction of his high school

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Gordon Solie Death

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Gordon Solie Death – Throat Cancer 1929-2000 (Age 71) Still considered by many as the greatest wrestling announcer of all time, Gordon Solie became a legendary figure wherever he worked, including notable tenures in Championship Wrestling from Florida and Georgia Championship Wrestling. Nicknamed “The Walter Cronkite of Professional Wrestling” because of his world class talent and demeanor, Solie added sophistication and prestige to any match he called. From Snow to the Sunshine State Minnesota native Gordon Solie’s career in wrestling dates back to the fabulous 50’s when he worked as a ring announcer in Tampa, Florida for five dollars a night. By 1960, he was calling the action in the ring, working for Championship Wrestling from Florida. Solie took his job seriously, projecting an air of professionalism as he called the matches like any other sport. Wrestling lore has it Solie had wrestlers place him in holds so he could understand

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Bobby Duncum Jr. Death

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Bobby Duncum Jr. Death – Drug Overdose 1965-2000 (Age 34) Bobby Duncum Jr. cultivated an image as a tough Texan, much like his wrestling father Bob Duncum Sr. Bobby’s talents brought him to the attention of Japanese promoters as well as Extreme Championship Wrestling before he hit the national stage with WCW. There, he formed a popular team in the faction the West Texas Rednecks. During a recovery from shoulder surgery, Duncum Jr. overdosed on painkillers in January of 2000, dying at the age of 34. A Talented Son Bobby Duncum’s dad was the much-feared brawling cowboy, Bobby Duncum. Like his father, Duncum Jr. could portray a cowboy with ease, cultivating an image as a tough man who was not to be crossed. Given his billed size at 6’6” and 290 lbs. this wasn’t difficult to do. After being trained by former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk, Jr., Duncum Jr.

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Yokozuna Death

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Yokozuna Death – Pulmonary Edema 1966-2000 (age 34) Rodney Agatupu Anoa’i was a professional wrestler, best known by his ring name of Yokozuna. Born on October 2, 1966, Yoko was one of the most recognized figures in the early 90s era of the WWF. He was only 34 years old when he passed. Yoko’s extremely large size helped catapult him to the top of the card. He weighed in at over five hundred pounds. He was a two time World Wrestling Federation champion. He was a winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble. Yokozuna was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to become a WWF champion and to hold a Royal Rumble victory. Despite success with the WWF, one couldn’t help but think that the Yokozuna death was always looming. There’s simply no way any human being can remain in good health while being several hundred pounds over weight. Sadly, the large size that

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