Gary Albright Death – Heart Attack
1963-2000 (Age 36)
Born on May 18, 1963, Pennsylvania native Gary Albright exceed as an amateur wrestler in high school and college.
From there, Albright became a professional, competing in Calgary Stampede Wrestling and finding massive success in Japan’s Union of Wrestling Force International (UWFI), a promotion which boasted shoot-style matches even though they were worked, and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Billed as “The Master of the Suplex,” Albright relied on his amateur skills and impressive size to get over, making an impact from his debut and earning the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s “Rookie of the Year” award in 1988.
Albright was also a member of the legendary wrestling dynasty, the Anoa’i Family, having married Samoan Afa’s daughter Monica.
Gary Albright Death
On January 7, 2000, Albright was working an indie show in Pennsylvania when he took a three-quarter facelock bulldog in the ring, collapsing on the spot. Attempts were made to resuscitate him but he died mere minutes after being removed from the ring. The medical examiners ruled the cause of death as a heart attack and noted Albright was suffering from diabetes, an enlarged heart, and several blocked coronary arteries.
Gary Albright was 36 at the time of his death. Sadly, he was one of many pro wrestlers who passed before age 40.
Other wrestlers to pass in the year 2000 include Bobby Duncum Jr., Chris Duffy, Gordon Solie, Professor Tanaka, and Yokozuna.