MUST READ: Famous Wrestlers Who Died And Changed WWE Forever
March. 05, 2020
Cause of death - heart attack
Arguably one of the most beloved wrestlers in history, Eddie was found dead in the fall of 2005 after a long battle with drugs and alcohol. His nephew, Chavo, found him dead in his hotel room following a heart attack. While many of his actions were that of a heel, he was forever loved by the fans.
ANDRE THE GIANT
Cause of death - gigantism
One of the most loved, respected and big individuals in wrestling history. Known as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," Andre was a one-time champion and an international icon. Ironically, the reason for his fame (large stature) ultimately caused his downfall.
CHYNA (died 46 years)
Cause of death - drug overdose
Joanie Laurer aka Chyna was found dead in her home on April 21, 2016.
Reported by the Redondo Beach police, Joanie’s manager, Anthony Anzaldo grew concerned after not hearing from her for a few days. He entered Laurer’s apartment to find her in bed and not responding.
Police were able to determine Laurer was dead 1-2 days prior to the caller entering the Redondo Beach apartment.
Cause of death - steroids
While Lance Cade was a successful superstar (multi-time tag champ) he was never considered a huge draw. However, the reason I feel his death was more influential than Test's (Andrew Martin) was that Lance Cade's death and Linda McMahon's quote "I may have met him once" dealt a huge blow to her Senate campaign.
YOKOZUNA (died 34 years)
Cause of death - pulmonary edema
Rodney Agatupu Anoa’i was a professional wrestler, best known by his ring name of Yokozuna. Born on October 2, 1966, Yoko was one of the most recognized figures in the early 90s era of the WWF. He was only 34 years old when he passed.
Yoko’s extremely large size helped catapult him to the top of the card. He weighed in at over five hundred pounds. He was a two time World Wrestling Federation champion. He was a winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble. Yokozuna was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to become a WWF champion and to hold a Royal Rumble victory.
Cause of death - internal injuries
The man who should have gotten the push. Many people believed after Bret left in 1997 that Owen Hart should have been pushed to the main event scene, and he almost was. But, thanks to a free-fall of over 60 feet, Owen plunged to his death in 1999.
Cause of death - multiple head injuries
The most infamous event in WWE history. Chris Benoit had been brain damaged and had taken steroids and pain killers his adult life. Finally, he snapped. He killed both his wife and son then killed himself. I, unlike the WWE, can talk about this event.
UMAGA (died 36 years)
Cause of death - drug overdose
While the 2009 Umaga death story was controversial as he passed so young, the wrestler also had personal controversies while alive. For example, he was part of the infamous Sports Illustrated article about pharmaceutical purchases, which violated the WWE’s Wellness Policy.
Umaga was suspended for this activity. Then, he was released from the WWE in June when he later failed a second round of drug testing and refused treatment in a rehab center. Only months later was the official announcement of the Umaga death, which right from the start was speculated by media outlets to be caused by a heart attack.