Hercules Death – Heart Disease
1956-2004 (age 47)
Many people might not recognize Raymond Hernandez’s name, but anyone who followed the WWF during the 1980s has seen him step into the ring under the name Hercules and later as Hercules Hernandez. Also a competitive bodybuilder, Hercules was known for his powerful physique, which suited his ring name. Sadly, the professional wrestler never fully achieved big success in the WWF and Hercules life was cut short on March 6, 2004.
A Largely Unsatisfying Career
Hercules Hernandez joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1985. While he was involved in a few story lines and took on some top billed talent (Hogan, Warrior, etc) he never really built a large fan base. Many speculate that the WWF never gave Hercules a real opportunity to shine – his matches often resulting in him jobbing to another star.
By the early 1990s, he was mostly being used as a full time jobber. In hopes of making a name for himself elsewhere, Hercules left the WWF and joined World Championship Wrestling. He took on the role of the Super Invader, hailing from Bangkok, Thailand. His time with the WCW only ended up lasting a year, and after that, Hercules appeared at small promotions around the world. He retired in 1999.
For a man with such a strong physique, it was disappointing that he didn’t earn more success.
A Quiet Retirement Before the Hercules Death Story
Often, wrestlers’ death stories are filled with drug abuse and alcohol and deteriorating family situations, particularly when they retire under disappointing circumstances. The Hercules death story is very different though.
Hercules’ titantron video
Up until his death, Raymond remained a dedicated family man. He was a devoted husband and a father to six children. He spent most of his time visiting schools, encouraging children to get good grades and avoid drugs. In addition, he would visit children with terminal illnesses to boost their spirits. Because he led a simple, wholesome life, most people were extremely shocked when Hercules died.
The Details of the Hercules Death Story
Hercules’ date of death was March 6, 2004. The former professional wrestler was just 47 years old at the time and would have turned 48 in May. Not much has been revealed about the exact details of Hercules’ death, as his family has kept the matter as private as possible. Reportedly, Hercules died in his sleep during the night in his home in Tampa, Florida, the same city where he was born. Hercules’ wife shared with the press that her husband died of heart disease, so presumably he suffered a heart attack.
Hercules’ daughter posts a tribute to her late father
Remembering the Man After the Hercules Death Story
After Hercules’ death, a funeral was held for family to pay respects. In 2004, he was included in a book of tributes published by Wrestling Observer that briefly discussed his life story. Today, a quick search of the Internet reveals a number of tributes in his honor as well as social media groups and pages. It’s clear that even though Hercules may not have achieved the success he longed for in the ring, he had fans who admired him and still remember him to this day.
Raymond “Hercules” Hernandez Grave
The grave of Hercules is located at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. The plot is located at Section 325, Site 558.
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