The Sheik Death

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The Sheik Death – Heart Failure 1924-2003 (Age 76) When wrestling’s roll call of villains is made, it’s unlikely they’ll be anyone as fierce or as brutal as Ed Farhat, better known as the Sheik. The Sheik made opponents bleed night after night and singed many an opponent with his dreaded use of fire. While the Sheik operated out of the Detroit territory he owned, he worked a number of promotions. Unfortunately, his wild matches sometimes led to fast runs before he was shown the door. Nevertheless, Farhat is considered one of wrestling’s greatest heels. Edward Farhat wrestled during television’s Golden Age of Wrestling in the 1950’s. Fans familiar with the bloody and brutal Sheik of the 60’s and 70’s might be surprised by the Sheik’s early persona. As the Sheik of Araby, he portrayed more of the stereotypically wealthy Arab and wrestled, as well as sold for opponents. While

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Jerry Tuite Death

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Jerry Tuite Death – Heart Attack 1966-2003 (Age 36) Jerry Tuite’s 6’10” 320-pound frame made him a natural for the squared circle, wrestling during the Monday Night War. The big man performed in WCW under a few variations of “The Wall” (including “Sergeant AWOL” and “Sergeant A-Wall”). When WCW was absorbed by the WWF in 2001, Tuite signed a developmental deal, but never made it to TV. He later wrestled for TNA under the moniker “Malice.” Jerry Tuite was described by announcer Mike Tenay as “a gentle giant” and someone who constantly worked to improve himself in the ring. Tuite toured All-Japan Wrestling, the last place he would wrestle before his shocking death at the age of 36, just weeks shy of his 37th birthday. A Jersey Big Boy Michael Jerome Tuite was born on December 27, 1966 in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Tuite trained with wrestler “Iron” Mike Sharpe at

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Moondog Spot Death

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Moondog Spot Death – Heart Attack 1952-2003 (Age 51) Larry Booker was one of wrestling’s legendary brawlers, including his early career as Larry Latham and later work as Spot, one of the wild tag team known as the Moondogs. Latham is considered one of the pioneers of hardcore wrestling for his brutal and bloody work. Sadly, Latham’s life would be cut short during a match when he died from a heart attack on November 29, 2003 at a Memphis, Tennessee card billed as “Jerry Lawler’s Birthday Bash.” The Blond Bomber Larry Booker began wrestling in the mid-1970’s, catching his first break as Larry Latham. The 6’2” 298-pound scrapper teamed with Wayne Ferris (later known as the Honky Tonk Man) to form the Blond Bombers, a heel tag team that captured the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship in Memphis Wrestling. The Bombers entered wrestling lore when they worked a wild tag team

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Anthony Durante Death

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Anthony Durante Death – Drug Overdose 1967-2003 (age 36) Anthony (Tony) Durante, best known to ECW fans as one half of the Pitbulls tag team, died on September 25, 2003. Durante briefly wrestled for the WWF in 1989 as enhancement talent. He wrestled under his real name, Tony Durante. Durante would go on to see the most successful period of his career while working for ECW throughout the mid 90s. He partnered with Gary Wolfe (“Pitbull #1”) to form the Pitbulls. Anthony Durante and his girlfriend overdose Durante died alongside his 29 year old girlfriend – both from apparent heart attacks induced from a drug overdose. Needle marks were found on their bodies, and the prescription OxyContin was found in their Westerly, Rhode Island home. Family The couple’s two infant children were in the home at the time of their deaths. Bob Magee from PWBTS.com, offers a heartbreaking glimpse into what transpired with

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Stu Hart Death

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Stu Hart Death – Stroke 1915-2003 (age 88) If there was ever a name to be synonymous with Canadian wrestling, it’s Stu Hart. Father to WWE superstars Bret and Owen Hart, Stu was born in Saskatoon in 1915. In 1948, Stu Hart created the Stampede Wrestling promotion out of Calgary. Stu Hart is not only credited with training his sons, but also other well known Canadian names including Chris Jericho, Edge, Christian, and Chris Benoit. Stu Hart died on October 16, 2003. He had suffered a stroke in the weeks prior, and was also battling diabetes and arthritis. For 2010’s ceremony, Stu Hart was posthumously inducted into his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. He was inducted by son, Bret Hart. Stu Hart Grave Stu Hart’s memorial is located at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens in Calgary. The plot is located at the Garden of Angels, Structure 88, Niche 1059.

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Road Warrior Hawk Death

Road Warrior Hawk Death – Heart Attack 1957-2003 (age 46) For 20 years, Hawk was a fierce competitor in the squared circle. While most wrestling fans during the 80s and 90s knew him as one half of the Road Warriors, to friends and family he was known as Michael Hegstrand. The Road Warriors (or “Legion of Doom” during their WWF run) were one of, if not the most successful tag team in wrestling history. Sadly, Road Warrior Hawk’s death would abruptly cut their career short – ending a very successful partnership. 12 years before Hawk’s death: The Legion of Doom take on The Rockers (1992) Wrestling Imitates Life In 1997, The Road Warriors found themselves in the midst of controversy when one of the story lines of the WWF’s Attitude Era hit too close to home. The storyline showed Road Warrior Hawk was out of control and recklessly using drugs and alcohol

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Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig Death

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Curt Hennig Death – Drug Overdose 1958-2003 (age 44) Curt Hennig was undoubtedly one of the most beloved wrestling personalities in and out of the ring during his time with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. The son of Larry “The Axe” Hennig, Curt came from Minnesota – a wrestling territory that also gave us greats like the late Rick Rude. Over the course of his more than 20-year career, Curt won numerous titles, including the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. But it was the WWF where he would hit the national stage. Curt would go on to win the Intercontinental Championship with the WWF, working under the gimmick that wrestling fans still fondly remember today as “Mr. Perfect”. Many people believed Hennig would wrestle long into his 50s, but ultimately, the Mr. Perfect death story would cut his career and his life tragically short. The Events of the Mr. Perfect Death

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Freddie Blassie Death

Freddie Blassie Death – Heart and Kidney Failure 1918-2003 (age 85) Few wrestling personalities can boast so long of a career as Frederick Blassman who was known to the world as “Classy” Freddie Blassie. An active wrestler from 1935 to 1986, Freddie Blassie had the distinction of working under the McMahon family through four generations and remaining on the WWE’s roster up until the Freddie Blassie death news was released to the world. Today, the former NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion and NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion is still well remembered by fans and beloved by the wrestling community. Failed Attempts on Freddie Blassie’s Life In a time when it was not publicly known that professional wrestling was scripted, Blassie took a lot of heat from fans. In fact, if some fans had their way, Freddie Blassie’s death may have occurred decades earlier. The wrestler’s outspoken words and antics in the ring made him a perfect

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Crash Holly Death

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Crash Holly Death – Suicide 1971-2003 (age 32) During his time in the WWF, Crash Holly both enraged and engaged fans. Primarily used as comic relief, Crash Holly became somewhat of a legend during his relatively short career in the WWF. While many hoped that he would have a comeback, the eventual Crash Holly death came not long after his final WWF appearance. As the wrestler was only 32 years old, Crash Holly’s death shocked and saddened fans around the world and fellow wrestlers alike. 4 years prior to his death: Crash Holly makes his WWF debut (Raw, August 16, 1999) Early Career Michael Lockwood or Crash Holly as he would later become known was born on August 25, 1971 in Anaheim, California. By 1989, he was involved in wrestling, competing under a variety of aliases. Some of them included Johnny Pearson and Erin O’Grady “The Leprechaun.” After nearly 9 years in small organizations,

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Miss Elizabeth Death

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Miss Elizabeth Death – Drug Overdose 1960-2003 (age 42) Wrestling fans around the world were shocked on May 1, 2003. Miss Elizabeth, valet to the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage was dead at just 42 years old. The once-dubbed “First Lady of Wrestling” suffered from an apparent drug overdose. Minutes prior to her falling into unconsciousness, everything appeared normal. Well, everything except the fact that she was in Lex Luger’s home at the time. Lex and Liz, both married at the time, were involved in a secret affair. Lex frantically called 911 when he discovered Liz wasn’t breathing. Although she is gone, Miss Elizabeth’s career in wrestling is still well remembered by fans of the WWF’s golden era… and perhaps even a few who were watching Monday Nitro in the late 90s. It’s hard to believe that someone who appeared so gentle and soft spoken on screen would end up dead from

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