Friday, June 29, 2007

60 Wrestlers Under 45 Dead In Last Ten Years


Fox News Colorado has an interview with Debra Williams, the ex-wife of wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. She talks quite a bit about steroid use in wrestling and the hidden and deadly side effects. "In the last ten years, 60 wrestlers under age 45 have died... all in the prime of their lives. Big strong men, who somehow die with little or no investigation of the organization that encourages performers to use muscle enhancing drugs," said Williams.

And About.com has a list of famous wrestlers who have died since 1985. There are 64 famous wrestlers who have died since 1985 on that list, and add an unknown amount of lesser known wrestlers who have died. A closer investigation shows that the majority of these deaths are heart-related, while many others are violent, perhaps fueled by steroid rage.

UPDATE: Brian "Crush" Adams joins the list of wrestlers under 45 who have died. His name has been added to the most complete list of dead wrestlers, which can be viewed here. Check back often because that list is being updated daily.

Update: Lance Cade has died at the age of 29.

Here is a brief list of wrestlers 45 and under who have died since 1985. For a full list click on the link above.

Chris Von Erich - 21
Mike Von Erich - 23
Louie Spiccoli - 27
Art Barr - 28
Gino Hernandez - 29
Lance Cade - 29
Jay Youngblood - 30
Rick McGraw - 30
Joey Marella - 30
Ed Gatner - 31
Buzz Sawyer - 32
Crash Holly - 32
Kerry Von Erich - 33
D.J. Peterson - 33
Eddie Gilbert - 33
The Renegade - 33
Chris Candido - 33
Test - 33
Adrian Adonis - 34
Gary Albright - 34
Bobby Duncum Jr. - 34
Owen Hart - 34
Yokozuna - 34
Big Dick Dudley - 34
Brian Pillman - 35
Marianna Komlos - 35
Umaga - 36
Pitbull #2 - 36
The Wall/Malice - 36
Emory Hale - 36
Leroy Brown - 38
Mark Curtis - 38
Eddie Guerrero - 38
John Kronus - 38
Davey Boy Smith - 39
Johnny Grunge - 39
Chris Kanyon - 40
Vivian Vachon - 40
Jeep Swenson - 40
Brady Boone - 40
Terry Gordy - 40
Bertha Faye - 40
Billy Joe Travis - 40
Chris Benoit - 40
Larry Cameron - 41
Rick Rude - 41
Randy Anderson - 41
Bruiser Brody - 42
Miss Elizabeth - 42
Big Boss Man - 42
Earthquake - 42
Mike Awesome - 42
Biff Wellington - 42
Brian Adams (Crush) - 43
Ray Candy - 43
Nancy Benoit (Woman) - 43
Dino Bravo - 44
Curt Hennig - 44
Bam Bam Bigelow - 45
Jerry Blackwell - 45
Junkyard Dog - 45
Hercules - 45
Toni Adams - 45

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