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WWE Wrestlers that have died since 1990

Updated on June 5, 2012

All the WWE wrestlers that have died in the last 22 years

Over the years many of the wrestlers I grew up watching have saddly passsed away. It's unfortunate to note how many of them died of as a result of the business they were in. Equally unfortunate is the number of wrestlers that have taken their own life.

I've included all the dead wrestlers that I know about but if I've missed any out please leave a comment and I'll add them to the list.

Andre the giant died of heart failure
Andre the giant died of heart failure

Andre the Giant

Died age 46

André René Roussimoff died in his sleep in a hotel in Paris on January 27th 1993 from heart failure.

Andre was in Paris for his fathers funeral when he died.

Bad News Allan's cause of death was a heart attack
Bad News Allan's cause of death was a heart attack

Bad News Brown

Died age 63

Allen Coage died in hospital on March 6th 2007 from a heart attack.

Coage was taken to hospital with chest pains, he later had a fatal heart attack.

Bam Bam lost his life because of a drug overdose.
Bam Bam lost his life because of a drug overdose.

Bam Bam Bigelow

Died age 45

Scott Bigelow died in his home on January 19th 2007 from a drug overdose.

Bigelow also had a heart problem called arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Mike Shaw's cause of death was a heart attack
Mike Shaw's cause of death was a heart attack

Bastion Booger

Died age 53

Mike Shaw died (at his home?) on September 11th 2010 of a heart attack.

WWE's big boss man expired because of a heart attack
WWE's big boss man expired because of a heart attack

Big Boss Man

Died age 41

Ray Taylor died in his home on September 22nd 2004 of a heart attack.

His sister was visiting him at his home when he had the heart attack.

Big John Studs death was because of cancer.
Big John Studs death was because of cancer.

Big John Studd

Died age 47

John William Minton died at his home on March 20th 1995 from liver cancer and Hodgkin's disease.

Brian Pillmans death was caused by heart disease.
Brian Pillmans death was caused by heart disease.

Brian Pillman

Died age 35

Brian William Pillman died in a hotel room on October 5th 1997 of heart disease.

His use of drugs throughout his life contributed to hi death.

wwe wrestler lou albano died in 2009
wwe wrestler lou albano died in 2009

Captain Lou Albano

Died aged 76

Louis Vincent Albano died in his home on October 14th 2009 in his sleep from a heart attack.

Chief Jay Strongbow died after a fall
Chief Jay Strongbow died after a fall

Chief Jay Strongbow

Died age 83

Joseph Luke Scarpa died in hospital on April 3rd 2012 from a fall.

He fell in his house in the later months of 2011 and was taken to hospital but he never recovered from his injuries and eventually expired because of them.

Chris benoit killed his family before killing himself in 2007
Chris benoit killed his family before killing himself in 2007

Chris Benoit

Died age 40

Christopher Benoit died in his house on June 25th 2007 by committing suicide.

Over a three day period Benoit murdered his 7 year old son and his wife before taking his own life by hanging himself.

More Info on this here

Chris Kanyon overdosed on anti-depressants
Chris Kanyon overdosed on anti-depressants

Chris Kanyon

Died age 40

Christopher Klucsarits died in his apartment on April 2nd 2010 by committing suicide.

In the weeks before his death Kanyon had been suffering from bi-polar dissorder and had threatened to kill himself. It was his brother that found him dead with an empty bottle of anti depressants beside him.

Crash holly took his own life
Crash holly took his own life

Crash Holly

Died age 32

Mick Lockwood died at the home of Stevie Richards on November 6th 2003 of an overdose.

It was first thought that he died by choking on his own vomit after an accidental overdose but later it emerged that he had committed suicide.

Brian adams death was thought be result from steroid use
Brian adams death was thought be result from steroid use

Crush (Demolition)

Died age 43

Brian Adams died in his bed on August 13th 2007.

The cause of death is unclear but it's thought that steroid use was a factor in his dimise.

Adolfo Bresciano was shot 17 times
Adolfo Bresciano was shot 17 times

Dino Bravo

Died age 44

Adolfo Bresciano died in his home on March 10th 1993, he was murdered.

He was shot 17 times. 7 shots to the head and 10 to the chest.

More info on his death here here

Earthquake died from bladder cancer
Earthquake died from bladder cancer

Earthquake

Died age 42

John Tenta died (at his home?) from bladder cancer on June 7th 2006.

Guerrero died from heart failure
Guerrero died from heart failure

Eddie Guerrero

Died age 38

Eduardo Guerrero Llanes died in a hotel room on November 13th 2005 from heart failure.

He was found by his nephew Chavo Guerrero lying unconssious in his hotel bathroom. By the time paramedics arrive he had already expired.

Guerrero had an enlarged heart caused by years of drug abuse.

wwe wrestler dr death died of throat cancer
wwe wrestler dr death died of throat cancer

Dr. Death

Died age 49

Steven Williams died in hospital on December 29th 2009 from throat cancer.

Giant Gonzalez died in 2010
Giant Gonzalez died in 2010

Giant Gonzalez

Died aged 44

Jorge Gonzalez died in his home on September 22nd 2010 due to complications of diabetes.

He was wheelchair bound for the last year of his life and had to use a dialysis machine to treat kidney failure.

Gorilla Monsoon died in 1999
Gorilla Monsoon died in 1999

Gorilla Monsoon

Died age 62

Robert James Marella died in his home on October 6th 1999 of heart failure brought on by complications of diabetes.

Road Warrior Hawk died from a heart attack
Road Warrior Hawk died from a heart attack

Hawk (Road Warriors/Legion Of Doom)

Died age 46

Michael James Hegstrand died in his sleep on October 19th 2003 of a heart attack.

Hercules died in his sleep
Hercules died in his sleep

Hercules

Died age 47

Ray Fernandez died at home in his sleep on March 6th 2004 of heart disease.

WWE president jack tunneys death was caused by a heart attack
WWE president jack tunneys death was caused by a heart attack

Jack Tunney

Died age 68

John Tunney died at his home on January 24th 2004 of a heart attack.

WWE's Kowalski suffered a heart attach and later died.
WWE's Kowalski suffered a heart attach and later died.

Killer Kowalski

Died age 81

Edward Spulnik died in hospital on August 30th 2008 from a heart attack.

It's been reported that he died on August 18th after his life support machine was switched off. In fact, he lived for 12 days after the switching off.

WWE's Lance Cade died of heart failure
WWE's Lance Cade died of heart failure

Lance Cade (Cade & Murdoch)

Died age 29

Lance Kurtis McNaught died at his home on August 13th 2010 of heart failure.

Three days before his death he was admitted to hospital after having trouble breathing. He discharged himself the next day and died the day after.

dead wwe wrestler ludvic borga
dead wwe wrestler ludvic borga

Ludvig Borga

Died age 47

Tony Christian Halme died on January 8th 2010, he committed suicide by shooting himself.

It wasn't until 2 days later that his body was found in his apartment.

Luna Vachon was found dead at her house
Luna Vachon was found dead at her house

Luna Vachon

Died age 48

Gertrude Vachon was found dead in her house on August 27th 2010 from an overdose of oxycodone and benzodiazepine.

Vachon had been in rehap for her addiction to medication which she acquired at some point during her career.

Lord Alfred Hayes died after  series of strokes
Lord Alfred Hayes died after series of strokes

Lord Alfred Hayes

Died age 76

Alfred Hayes died at his home on July 21st 2005 from a series of strokes.

randy savage died from a heart attack
randy savage died from a heart attack

Macho Man Randy Savage

Died at 58

Randall Poffo died behind the wheel of his car on May 20th 2011 after having a massive heart attack.

At first his death was thought to have been caused by crashing his car in to a tree, but 11 days after the incident it was concluded that the official cause of death was atherosclerotic heart disease.

Elizabeth Ann Hulette died of an overdose
Elizabeth Ann Hulette died of an overdose

Miss Elizabeth

Died age 42

Elizabeth Ann Hulette died at the home of Lex Lugar on May 1st 2003 from a drug and alcohol overdose.

Curt Hennings death came about because of an overdose
Curt Hennings death came about because of an overdose

Mr. Perfect

Died age 44

Curt Henning died in a hotel room in Florida on Feburary 10th 2003 from a drug overdose.

Curts father said that pain killers and steroid use also contributed to his death.

Owen Heart died in a WWf ring in 1999
Owen Heart died in a WWf ring in 1999

Owen Hart

Died age 34

Owen Hart died during a live pay per view event on May 23rd 1999 from a severed aorta caused by falling 50 feet from the top of the arena in to the wrestling ring.

More info on this here

wrestler buddy rose died from natural causes
wrestler buddy rose died from natural causes

"Playboy" Buddy Rose

Died aged 56

Paul Perschmann died in his home on April 28th 2009 from natural causes.

During the last few years of his life Perschman was morbidly obese, which caused him to have problems with blood sugar and diabetes.

Richard Rood died of heart failure
Richard Rood died of heart failure

Ravishing Rick Rude

Died age 40

Richard Erwin Rood died at him home on April 20th 1999 of heart failure brought on by an overdose of mixed medications.

Martel's cause of death was an overdose
Martel's cause of death was an overdose

Sensational Sherri

Died age 49

Sherri Martel died at her mothers house on June 15th 2007 from an overdose.

chris candidos death was in 2005
chris candidos death was in 2005

Skip (Body Donnas)

Died age 33

Chris Candido died in hospital on April 23rd 2005 from a blood clod which arose from complications after surgery.

Candido was diagnosed with pneumonia. It was after the surgery to drain his lungs that the complications occurred.

Steve Dunn died 2009
Steve Dunn died 2009

Steve Dunn (Well Dunn)

Died age 48

Steven Doll died on at his home on March 22nd 2009 after a blood clot from his lungs reached his heart.

test cause of death was an overdose
test cause of death was an overdose

Test

Died age 33

Andrew Martin died in his home on March 12th 2009 from an overdose.

He was found dead the day after he died.

It later emerged that Martin had severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an Alzheimer's like form of brain damage caused by repeated blows to his head through out his career.

the british bulldog died in 2002
the british bulldog died in 2002

The British Bulldog

Died age 39

Davey Smith died while on vacation on May 18th 2002 from a heart attack.

The autopsy revealed that his past use of steroids and growth hormones could have played a part in his death although it couldn't be proved to be the cause of his heart attack.

WWF's Fabulous Moolah died at her home in 2007
WWF's Fabulous Moolah died at her home in 2007

The Fabulous Moolah

Died age 84

Mary Lillian Ellison died at her home on November 2nd 2007 from either a heart attack or a blood clot related to recent shoulder surgery she had.

JYD died in a car crash
JYD died in a car crash

The Junkyard Dog

Died age 45

Sylvester Ritter died in a car crash on June 2nd 1998.

He was heading back home after being at his daughters graduation when it's thought he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed in to a tree.

Kerry Von Erich killed himself with a magnum revolver
Kerry Von Erich killed himself with a magnum revolver

The Texas Tornado

Died age 33

Kerry Gene Adkisson died at his fathers ranch on February 18th 1993 by committing suicide.

Kerry shot himself in the chest with a magnum revolver.

He shot himself the day after he was indicted on a drug charge for prescription forgery and learned he would be facing prison time.

Umaga from the WWE suffered 2 heart attacks that he died from.
Umaga from the WWE suffered 2 heart attacks that he died from.

Umaga

Died age 36

Edward fatu died in hospital on December 4th 2009 from a heart attack.

Fatu was found not breathing and had blood coming from his nose. He was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that he had had a heart attack. Later that day he had a second heart attack that killed him.

Yokozuna was found dead in his hotel room
Yokozuna was found dead in his hotel room

Yokozuna

Died age 33

Rodney Agatupu Anoai died in a hotel room in England on October 23rd 2000 from pulmonary edema.

It's been said that Anoai died of heart failure or of a heart attack but the autopsy showed signs of severe blockage in his lungs due to fluid.

Video tribute to wrestlers that have died

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      Rick J Jaymes 11 months ago

      Mr. Perfect and Owen and Chris Ben. hurt most for me!

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      billu 19 months ago

      Great Articles plz write some thing about WWE Wrestlemania 32

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      I think some of these guys were "blood sacrifices" just like in the music industry.

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      Wow didn't know about Giant Gonzalez/El Gigante. Great Lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the shocking list , it was a real eye opener ..what happened to wrestling ? Maybe these owner of WWE etc should strip it back to basics n let wrestlers be wrestlers & do what the love to do and maybe there would be so many deaths ...and a lil drugs testn, heart monitoring weight checks n counciling mite help to

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      I'm not very knowledgeable about wrestlers but this looks like a nice tribute to those who are no longer with us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Watched most of these guys growing up,sad to see how many have died from overdoses and how young also and unnessisarily.Being a high profile entertainer has its pressure's I know but none of them needed to die in the manner some of them have.RIP guys n ladies and Thank you for the years of awesome entertainment.

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Wow, thanks for sharing, most of these guys died so young. I am shocked at the drug and alcohol abuse, although I guess I shouldn't be.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i was a huge wrestling fan in the 90's. i had no idea most of these wrestlers had died!

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      interesting lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been looking for a list of wwf wrestlers that have died, I think this is the most complete list I've seen so far. Good job! :)

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      karMALZEKE 5 years ago

      Thank you this was a fantastic lens. I had no idea.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I knew of Macho Man but I had no Idea about the Rest of them, I grew up watching them. There was even and Animated Wrestling Cartoon at some point, I know I am showing my age but these where the Wrestling Stars from the late 80's to early 90's!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's such a shame that so many of them didn't need to die! The wrestling business is hard on the mind as it is on the body

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      That is amazing how many of these WWE wrestlers died relatively young ... it seems that steroid use and its effects may have claimed many in their early 40s.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hadn't heard of most of these men.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      So many died so young. :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great list... sad endings!