Sherri Martel Death – Drug Overdose
1958-2007 (age 49)
As a professional wrestler and manager, Sherri Martel was no stranger to controversy. Known to family and friends as Sherri Schrull, she was involved with many dramatic story lines during her time the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, and even a brief stint in ECW. Most notably, Sherri managed Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Ted DiBase, and Shawn Michaels.
A Reported History of Drug Abuse
Sherri Martel’s career hit a number of bumps despite the fact that she won several women’s wrestling championships and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. Most notably, she was released from the WWF in 1993 and was fired from the WCW. There are some reports that to cope with her difficulties in life, Sherri abused drugs and that at one point she was admitted to a 21-day in-patient rehab program to overcome her addiction.
Ric Flair shoots on Sherri Martel
Details of the Sherri Martel Death Story
Details into the exact events of Sherri Martel’s death are scarce. It has been confirmed that the former professional wrestler died in the house of her mother. Her date of death was June 15, 2007, and she was 49 years old at the time that she died. Because she was in good health, her death baffled local investigators who said shortly after the discovery of her body that her death was likely not of natural causes.
Rumors Fly After the Sherri Martel Death News
Sherri Martel’s death came at a very dark time for the world of professional wrestling. She died just 7 days before professional wrestler Chris Benoit murdered his wife, Nancy, and their son and then killed himself.
The sudden death of Sherri Martel made people suspicious, and people began looking for connections that could link Sherri to the Benoits. It was discovered that a close friend of Sherri’s, Kevin Sullivan, had been married to Nancy Benoit before she left him in 2000 for Chris. Some wrestling websites insinuated that somehow Sherry Martel’s death was linked to the Benoit murder-suicide, suggesting that somehow she was murdered along with Nancy and her son.
The Conclusion of the Sherri Martel Death Investigation
After all of the speculation and conspiracy theories regarding Sherri Martel’s death, her cause of death was ultimately ruled an accident. In a report that was released on September 11, 2007, it was revealed that Sherri had taken a number of drugs, including an excessive amount of the narcotic pain reliever oxycodone.
There was no evidence that Sherri Martel had intentionally overdosed in an attempt to take her own life, and there was also no evidence that anyone had been with her at the time that she died. Her death appears to have just been a tragic case of a life lost to addiction.
Sherri was cremated. What was done with her ashes is not public knowledge.
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