Lou Thesz Death – Complications from Heart Surgery

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Lou Thesz – Dead at 86. photo: wwe.com

1916-2002 (age 86)

Debuting all the way back in 1932, the legendary Lou Thesz enjoyed a five-decade career in professional wrestling. Fans and wrestling historians alike often credit Lou Thesz as one of the best wrestlers of all time.

A Wrestling Innovator

Thesz spent time with the AWA, NWA, Stampede, among other promotions. He is credited with the creation of many moves which are still used in modern wrestling today, including the German suplex and powerbomb.

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1/26/51: Lou Thesz takes on Buddy Rogers at the Chicago International Amphitheater. photo: youtube.com

Surgery Complications

Lou Thesz underwent triple bypass surgery on April 9, 2002. Sadly, he wouldn’t make it to the end of April. On April 28, 2002, Thesz died as a result of complications from heart surgery. He was 86.

Thesz was cremated, his ashes spread in the Meramec River in St. Louis.

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Lou Thesz squares up with Verne Gagne in an undated match. photo: youtube.com