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Jimmy Snuka Death

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Despite all of his achievements, it’s unlikely Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka will be remembered for his storied career inside the squared circle. These days, the headlines that are following him are far more controversial than the storylines that take place inside the scripted world of wrestling. We’re referring to the death of his girlfriend more than 30 years ago – a woman named Nancy Argentino. Snuka is being charged with Nancy’s murder after changing his original story of the events that took place on the evening of her death – details that only came to light after Snuka himself released them in his autobiography.

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Axl Rotten Death

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Axl Rotten Death – Drug Overdose 1971-2016 (age 44) Brian Knighton, known to wrestling fans as Axl Rotten, is best known for his run with ECW throughout the 90s. Axl Rotten died from an accidental drug overdose on February 4th, 2016. He was found dead in a McDonalds bathroom in Linthicum, Maryland from a heroin overdose. Please check back soon as we’ll be expanding on the career and death of Axl Rotten.

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Big Dick Dudley Death

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Big Dick Dudley Death – Kidney Failure 1968-2002 (age 34) Alex Rizzo, known to wrestling fans as Big Dick Dudley, will best be remembered for his run with ECW throughout the 90s. Big Dick was the original Dudley, which eventually transitioned into a faction. D-Von and Bubby Ray may be the most well known Dudley’s after successfully moving over and enjoying long careers with the WWE; but Big Dick will always remain the original Dudley. Big Dick Dudley died on May 16, 2002 from kidney failure. According to Irv Munchnick’s book Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal – Big Dick’s kidney failure was brought on from the use of painkillers. He was 34 years old at the time of his death.

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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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Balls Mahoney Death

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Balls Mahoney Death – Heart Attack 1972-2016 (age 44) Jonathan Rechner, known to ECW fans as Balls Mahoney, died on April 12th, 2016. Rechner died from a heart attack. He was 44 years old. On October 21st, 2016, the Boston Globe reported that CTE was discovered in Rechner’s brain. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the hardcore nature of Balls Mahoney’ wrestling style. Earlier this year, we wrote a piece about CTE and the ongoing concussion lawsuit against the WWE. The WWE, along with Mahoney’s wrestling friends, have taken to Twitter to pay respects: WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of ECW Superstar Balls Mahoney. pic.twitter.com/Ox8dnQih6R — WWE (@WWE) April 13, 2016 I am beyond sad to announce my friend ECW Original Balls Mahoney has passed away. I just spoke w/his wife. pic.twitter.com/OAs3vOmGEH — Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 13, 2016 I am truly saddened to hear of Balls […]

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Doug Furnas Death

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Doug Furnas Death – Hypertensive Heart Disease / Atherosclerotic 1959-2012 (age 52) Doug Furnas, best known for his tag team work with Phil Lafon, died on March 2, 2012 from hypertensive heart disease. Furnas was 52 years old at the time of his death. Doug Furnas spent a considerable amount of his career working in Japan, and also competed briefly in Mexico, as well as runs with the WWE, WCW, and ECW. Please check back soon as we’ll be expanding on the career and death of Doug Furnas.

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Sunny Days Turn Dark: The Tammy Lynn Sytch Story

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There was a time in the 90s when Sunny was on top of the world. Often regarded as “The First Diva” – Tammy Lynn Sytch broke into the WWF in 1994. But after the death of her partner, wrestler Chris “Skip” Candido, a downward spiral seemed to take place. Despite a triumphant return for her WWE Hall of Fame induction, Tammy Lynn Sytch has since been soliciting risqué Skype sessions with fans and is currently in discussion with adult film company Vivid Entertainment.

In May of 2015, Sytch was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Lehighton, PA. The next day, June 1, 2015, Sytch was arrested for another DUI, followed by a third DUI arrest on June 20th – three DUIs within a three week period.

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Dusty Rhodes Death

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Dusty Rhodes Death – Stomach Cancer 1945-2015 (age 69) One of wrestling’s greats passed away in June of 2015. He was “The American Dream.” Below is the Dusty Rhodes death story. The Son of a Plumber Virgil Runnels or “Dusty Rhodes,” as he was better known, was born in Austin, TX. The son of a plumber, his story was an amazing one as he rose to the wrestling limelight with jiggles and jabs. Rhodes had charisma for miles in the squared circle. Outside of the ring, he was a powerful mind that encouraged and created as a trainer, booker, and commentator. He was also a producer for WWE’s NXT. He died on the morning of  June 11, 2015 at the age of 69. Rhodes was captivating. In the 1980s, he was a top draw for the NWA. He was popular for his charm and stood out from other wrestlers because of his “common man” physique […]

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Rocco Rock Death

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Rocco Rock Death – Heart Attack 1970-2002 (age 49) Public Enemy, made up of Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge, was one of the most celebrated and feared tag teams of the 1990s. Together, they won the ECW World Tag Team Championship four times, and also had a brief run as WCW Tag Team Champions. Loved by fans, former welder Teddy Petty (known to wrestling fans as “Rocco Rock”) was in the midst of a successful career in the independent circuit when the Rocco Rock death story occurred. Rocco Rock flips off the top rope, sending Bagwell through two tables. The Events of the Rocco Rock Death On September 21, 2002, Rocco Rock began to have chest pains in his car. At the time, Rocco was on his way to a Pro-Pain show. He was scheduled to face off against Gary Wolfe. Tragically, he died on the New Jersey turnpike while his father and his girlfriend […]

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Andrew “Test” Martin Death

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Andrew “Test” Martin Death – Drug Overdose 1975-2009 (age 33) Andrew Martin has a story that has become all too familiar in the world of professional wrestling. His career showed early promise, but sadly, his demons would get the best of him. Martin debuted in the WWF as “Test” in 1998. His scripted storyline was that he was a former bodyguard for Motley Crue. The gimmick was a good fit as the WWF was transitioned into the Attitude era. Test took part in several memorable storylines, including one involving an engagement to Stephanie McMahon. He would go on to win several belts in the WWE, including the hardcore championship, as well as a tag-team championship run with Booker T. Test was ranked among the top 50 wrestlers by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2001. Still, Test never seemed to break out of the midcard. Drug Abuse Begins the Andrew Martin Death Story Martin struggled with substance abuse. In late 2007 into 2008, he was arrested on multiple […]

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