Alarming Pro Wrestler Fatality List

While many people think of wrestling as a big joke, there is one thing about wrestling that isn’t funny. The death rate among wrestlers is alarmingly high. The first time time this story was covered by the national media was in 2003 on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble. That segment featured Vince McMahon mocking the interviewer and slapping the notes from his hands. In addition, the only wrestler to speak up for the wrestlers, Roddy Piper, was fired after the piece aired.
There is much debate about how much effect steroid use has on the premature deaths of professional wrestlers. As this list will be updated with causes of death, where available, it is beneficial to have some idea of the side effects of steroid use. While the true long term side effects are not fully known, it is believed that just a few of the side effects of steroid use include: heart disease, liver damage, kidney damage, cancer, strokes and blood clots, depression, thoughts of suicide, paranoia, hallucinations, severe mood swings, and ‘roid rage’ – severe, agressive behavior that may result in violence.

Name, Age, Date and Cause of Death
Frank Gotch 40 December 16, 1917 Uremic Poisoning
The Terrible Turk ?? July 4, 1898 Drowning
Wayne Munn 35 January 9, 1931 Kidney Problems
William Muldoon 88 June 3, 1933 Dies At Home
Farmer Burns 75 February 9, 1937 Unknown
Gus Sonnenberg 46 September 12, 1944 Tuberculosis
Bull Montana ?? January 24, 1950 Dies at Home
Danno O’Mahoney 37 November 4, 1950 Auto Accident
Maurice Tillet 51 August 4, 1954 Heart Disease
Jess McMahon 72 November 22, 1954 Unknown
Rikidozan 38 December 15, 1963 Stabbed
Gorgeous George 48 December 26, 1963 Heart Attack
Ed “Strangler” Lewis 76 August 7, 1966 Dies at Home
Sandor Szabo 60 October 16, 1966 Heart Attack
Primo Carnera 51 June 29, 1967 Cirrhosis of Liver
Stanislaus Zbyszko 88 September 22, 1967 Dies at Home
George Hackenschmidt 90 February 19, 1968 Dies at Home
Wladek Zbyszko ?? June 10, 1968 Unknown
Mike DiBiase 45 July 2, 1969 Dies in Ring
Skull Murphy 39 March 23, 1970 Heart Attack
Hercules Cortez 39 July 23, 1971 Auto Accident
Dory Funk Sr. 54 June 3, 1973 Dies at Home
Freddie (Sweetan) Prosser, 36, July 26, 1974. Accidental fire
Bobby Shane 29 February 20, 1975 Auto Accident
Jim Lindos 78 August 19, 1975 Heart Attack
Pepe Lopez 39 July 27, 1976 Auto Accident
Antonio Rocca 49 March 15, 1977 Unknown
Chris Taylor 29 June 30, 1979 Prolonged Illness
Billy McGuire ?? July 14, 1979 Heart Attack
Peter Maivia 47 June 13, 1982 Cancer
Frank Tunney ?? May 20, 1983 Heart Attack
The Grand Wizard 54 October 12, 1983 Heart Attack
El Santo 67 February 5, 1984 Heart Attack
David Von Erich 25 February 10, 1984 Acute Enteritis
Vince McMahon Sr. 69 May 17, 1984 Cancer
George Zaharias 76 May 22, 1984 Dies at Home
Argentina Apollo 46 August 2, 1984 Heart Attack
Eddie Graham 55 January 21, 1985 Suicide
Jay Youngblood 30 September 1, 1985 Heart Attack
Rick McGraw 30 November 1, 1985 Heart Attack
Tarzan Tyler ?? December 20, 1985 Auto Accident
Gino Hernandez 29 February 4, 1986 Cocaine Overdose
Warren Bockwinkle 74 March 24, 1986 Alzheimer’s Disease
El Solitario 40 April 6, 1986 Heart Attack
Mike Von Erich 23 April 12, 1987 Suicide
Malcolm “King Kong” Kirk ?? August 24, 1987 Heart Attack
Adrian Adonis 34 July 4, 1988 Auto Accident
Pat Kelly ?? July 4, 1988 Auto Accident
The Canadian Wildman ?? July 4, 1988 Auto Accident
Bruiser Brody 42 July 17, 1988 Stabbed
Leroy Brown 38 September 6, 1988 Heart Attack
Leroy McGuirk 78 September 9, 1988 Dies at Home
Mildred Burke 73 February 18, 1989 Stroke
Paul Boesch 76 March 7, 1989 Dies at Home
Happy Humphery ?? March 14, 1989 Heart Attack
Eduardo Perez 61 September 7, 1989 Dies at Home
Haystacks Calhoun 55 December 7, 1989 Diabetes
Bronko Nagurski 81 January 7, 1990
Whipper Billy Watson 74 February 4, 1990 Dies at Home
Gory Guerrero 69 April 18, 1990 Unknown
Pat O’Connor 65 August 16, 1990 Cancer
Ed “The Bull” Gatner 31 December 31, 1990 Suicide
Duke Keomuka 70 June 30, 1991 Heart Failure
Vivian Vachon 40 August 25, 1991 Auto Accident
Chris Von Erich 21 September 12, 1991 Suicide
Gene Anderson 58 October 31, 1991 Heart Attack
Dick the Bruiser 62 November 10, 1991 Internal Bleeding
Wilbur Snyder 62 December 25, 1991 Heart Failure
Buzz Sawyer 32 February 7, 1992 Dies At Apartment
Tojo Yamamoto 65 February 19, 1992 Suicide
Jimmy Lennon Sr. 79 April 20, 1992 Heart Failure
Buddy Rogers 71 June 26, 1992 Stroke
Uncle Elmer 54 June 30, 1992 Diabetes
Danny McShain ?? July 14, 1992 Unknown
Roy Heffernan 67 September 24, 1992 Heart Attack
Andre The Giant 46 January 27, 1993 Heart Attack
Kerry Von Erich 33 February 18, 1993 Suicide
Dino Bravo 44 March 11, 1993 Drive-By Shooting
Wally Karbo 77 March 25, 1993 Heart Attack
D.J. Peterson 33 May 25, 1993 Unknown
Don Kent 61 June 14, 1993 Leukemia
Brazo de Oro ?? October 26, 1993 Brain Aneurysm
Rufus R. Jones 60 November 13, 1993 Heart Attack
Larry Cameron 41 December 13, 1993 Heart Attack
Eddie Creatchman 66 March 9, 1994 Heart Attack
Ray Candy 43 May 23, 1994 Heart Attack
George “Crybaby” Cannon 62 July 1, 1994 Cancer
Joey Marella 30 July 4, 1994 Auto Accident
Boris Malenko 61 September 1, 1994 Cancer
Art Barr 28 November 23, 1994 Drug-Related Cause
Jerry Blackwell 45 January 22, 1995 Pneumonia
Eddie Gilbert 33 February 18, 1995 Heart Attack
Big John Studd 46 March 20, 1995 Hodgkin’s Disease
Ilio DiPaolo Auto 68 May 10, 1995 Auto Accident
Killer Karl Krupp 62 October 24, 1995 Heart Attack
Little Beaver 61 December 4, 1995 Emphysema
Ray Stevens 60 May 3, 1996 Heart Attack
Dick Murdoch 49 June 15, 1996 Heart Attack
The Missouri Mauler 45 July 19, 1996 Heart Attack
Herb Abrams 41 July 23, 1996 Drug Overdose
Neil Superior 33 August 23, 1996 Heart Attack
Sapphire 61 September 10, 1996 Heart Attack
Dr. Jerry Graham 58 January 24, 1997 Stroke
Bulldog Bob Brown 58 February 6, 1997 Heart Attack
Dr. Bill Miller 69 March 24, 1997 Heart Attack
Stan Stasiak 60 June 12, 1997 Heart Failure
Larry O’Day 53 June 30, 1997 Liver Cancer
Plum Mariko 29 August 16, 1997 Brain Aneurysm
Jeep Swenson 40 August 19, 1997 Heart Attack
Dale Lewis 62 August 30, 1997 Leukemia
Fritz Von Erich 68 September 10, 1997 Cancer
Dick “Bulldog” Brower 63 September 16, 1997 Diabetes
Brian Pillman 35 October 5, 1997 Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
Big E Sleaze 22 October 26, 1997 Suicide
Stanley Blackburn 80 November 20, 1997 Unknown
Bobo Brazil 74 January 20, 1998 Heart Problems
Louie Spiccoli 27 February 15, 1998 Carisopridol Overdose
Junkyard Dog 45 June 1, 1998 Auto Accident
The Spoiler 56 June 20, 1998 Heart Failure
Shane Shamrock 23 August 17, 1998 Shot by Police
Terry Garvin 60 August 17, 1998 Cancer
Giant Haystacks 55 November 30, 1998 Stomach Cancer
Brady Boone 40 December 15, 1998 Auto Accident
Sam Mushnick 93 December 31, 1998 Internal Bleeding
Shohei “Baba” Giant 61 January 31, 1999 Bowel Cancer
The Renegade 23 February 23, 1999 Suicide
Kurt Von Hess 65 March 13, 1999 Heart Attack
Rick Rude 41 April 20, 1999 Heart Attack
Owen Hart 33 May 23, 1999 Accidental Fall
The Sarge Donnie York Sr. 50 May 25, 1999 Complications of Diabetes
Jackie Sato 41 August 9, 1999 Stomach Cancer
Mark Curtis 38 September 8, 1999 Stomach Cancer
Gorilla Monsoon 62 October 6, 1999 Heart Illness
Tony Rumble 43 November 13, 1999 Heart Attack
Hiro Matsuda 62 November 27, 1999 Cancer
Gary Albright 34 January 7, 2000 Heart Attack
Al Costello 80 January 22, 2000 Pneumonia
Bobby Duncum Jr. 34 January 24, 2000 Drug Overdose
Liz Chase 45 February 29, 2000 Died During Surgery
Masakazu Fukada 27 April 19, 2000 Internal Bleeding on Brain
Tom Renesto (Assassin #1) 72 April 25, 2000 Heart Failure
Tomomi “Jumbo” Tsuruta 49 May 16, 2000 Internal Bleeding
Gordon Solie 71 July 27, 2000 Cancer
Tony Parisi 58 August 18, 2000 Heart Attack
Chris Duffy 36 August 25, 2000 Seizure
Toru Tanaka 70 August 22, 2000 Natural Causes
“Klondike” Bill Soloweyko 68 October 3, 2000 Bulbar Palsy
Leo Nomellini 76 October 17, 2000 Stroke
“Yokozuna” Rodney Anoia 34 October 22, 2000 Heart Attack
The Blue Demon 78 December 16, 2000 Heart Attack
Benny McGuire 54 March 26, 2001 Heart Attack
“Red Shoes” Dugan ?? March 26, 2001 Parkinson’s Disease
Johnny Valentine 73 April 24, 2001 Natural Causes
Terry Gordy 40 July 16, 2001 Heart Attack
Rhonda Singh (Bertha Faye) 40 July 27, 2001 Unknown
Dennis Coraluzzo 48 July 29, 2001 Stroke
Chris Adams 46 October 7, 2001 Shot to Death
Chief Dave Foxx 44 October 28, 2001 Heart Attack
Helen Hart 77 November 4, 2001 Organ Failure
Russ Haas 27 December 15, 2001 Heart Failure
“Maniac” Mike Davis 46 December 25, 2001 Heart Attack
Mighty Igor 60’s January 7, 2002 Heart Failure
Nelson Royal 70 February 2, 2002 Heart Attack
Swede Hanson 68 February 20, 2002 Alzheimer’s Disease
Wahoo McDaniel 63 April 18, 2002 Stroke
Lou Thesz 86 April 28, 2002 Natural Causes
Randy “Pee Wee” Anderson 41 May 7, 2002 Natural Causes
Erich Kulas (Mass Transit) 22 May 14, 2002 Unknown
Alex “Big Dick Dudley” Rizzo 34 May 16, 2002 Unknown
Shoichi Arai (FMW President) 36 May 16, 2002 Suicide
“British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith 39 May 17, 2002 Heart Attack
Ted Petty (Rocco Rock) 49 September 21, 2002 Heart Attack
Edward “Moose” Cholak 72 October 31, 2002 Natural Causes
Billy Joe Travis ?? November 22, 2002 Heart Attack
Jeff Peterson 22 November 29, 2002 Cancer
“Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods ?? November 30, 2002 Heart Attack
“The Original Sheik” Ed Farahat ?? January 18, 2003 Natural Causes
Curt Hennig 44 February 10, 2003 Drug Overdose
Tony Altomare 74 February 20, 2003 Heart Attack
Hiromichi “Kodo” Fuyuki 42 March 19, 2003 Cancer
Sailor Art Thomas 79 March 20, 2003 Cancer
Ray Mendoza 73 April 17, 2003 Natural Causes
Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Heulette) 42 May 1, 2003 Drug Overdose
“Classie” Freddie Blassie 85 June 2, 2003 Natural Causes
Giant Ochiai 30 July 8, 2003 Brain Damage
Anthony “Pitbull #2″ Durante 36 September 26, 2003 Drug Overdose
Stu Hart 88 October 16, 2003 Pneumonia
Road Warrior Hawk (Mike Hegstrand) 46 October 19, 2003 Heart Attack
Mike “Crash Holly” Lockwood 32 November 6, 2003 Asphyxiation
Richard “Dick” Hutton 80 November 24, 2003 Natural Causes
Moondog Spot (Larry Lathman) 51 November 29, 2003 Heart Attack
Jerry “The Wall/Malice” Tuite 36 December 5, 2003 Heart Attack
Jack Tunney (Former WWE President) 68 January 24, 2004 Natural Causes
Don (Hard Boiled) Haggerty 78 January 28, 2004 Natural Causes
Hercules Hernandez 45 March 6. 2004 Heart Attack
Pepper Gomez 77 May 6, 2004 Kidney Failure
Billy Redwood 28 July 3, 2004 Auto Accident
Pat “Bomber” Roach 67 July 17, 2004 Cancer
Ken Timbs 53 August 1, 2004 Heart Failure
Dr. Wagner Sr. 68 September 12, 2004 Heart Attack
Jim Barnett (Promoter) 80 September 17, 2004 Cancer and Pneumonia
Ray “Big Boss Man” Traylor 42 September 22, 2004 Heart Attack
Marianna Komlos 35 October 4, 2004 Breast Cancer
Dandy Jack Donovan 76 November 27, 2004 Construction Site Accident
“Pistol” Pez Whatley 54 January 18, 2005 Heart Failure
Chris Candido 33 April 28, 2005 Blood Clot after Surgery
Ron Trongaurd (AWA Announcer) 72 June 17, 2005 Liver Cancer
Shinya Hashimoto 40 July 11, 2005 Brain Anresum
Lord Alfred Hayes 77 July 21, 2005 Stroke
Chris Tolos 75 August 13, 2005 Natural Causes
Chri$ Ca$h (Christopher Bauman Jr.) 23 August 18, 2005 Motorcycle Accident
Ed “Sailor” White (Moondog King) 56 August 25, 2005 Unknown
The Crusher (Reggie Lisowski) 79 October 22, 2005 Natural Causes
Eddie Guerrero 38 November 13, 2005 Heart Failure
Chad Floyd (Chazz Rocco) 37 December 10, 2005 Heart Failure
El Texano (Juan Aguilar) 47 January 15, 2006 Respiratory Failure
Ricky Romero 74 January 16, 2006 Complications of Diabetes
Victor Mar (Black Cat) 51 January 28, 2006 Heart Attack
Emory Hale ?? January 29, 2006 Complications of Kidney Failure
Mike “Johnny Grunge” Durham 39 February 16, 2006
Victor Quinones (Owner of IWA Puerto Rico) 46 April 2, 2006 Natural Causes
Sammy “Steamboat” Mokuahi 71 May 4, 2006 Complications from both Alzheimer’s and Diabetes
Apache Bull Ramos 71 May 27, 2006 Complications of Shoulder Infection and Diabetes
John “Earthquake” Tenta 42 June 7, 2006 Bladder Cancer
“Crazy” Luke Graham 70 June 24, 2006 Heart Failure
Marlon Kalkai (Tiger Khan) Mid-30’s June 28, 2006 Unknown
Bob Orton Sr. 76 July 14, 2006 Heart Attack
Karl Von Stroheim 78 August 8, 2006 Heart Attack
Antonio Peña (Mexican Promoter) 57 October 6, 2006 Heart Attack
Jumping Joey Maggs 37 October 15, 2006 Unknown
Kintaro Oki (Kim Ill) 77 October 26, 2006 Natural Causes
Daniel Garcia (Huracan Ramirez) 80 November 1, 2006 Natural Causes
Sputnik Monroe 77 November 2, 2006 Natural Causes
Dennis “Tiger” Conway, Sr. 74 November 13, 2006 Massive Stroke
Don Jardine (The Original Spoiler) 66 December 16, 2006 Complications of Heart Attack and Leukemia
Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow 45 January 19, 2007 Drug Overdose
Mike Awesome 42 February 17, 2007 Suicide
Bad News (Brown) Allen Coage 63 March 6, 2007 Heart Attack
Alejandro Cruz (Black Shadow) 82 March 8, 2007 Pneumonia
Ernie “The Cat” Ladd 68 March 10, 2007 Cancer
Arnold Skaaland 82 March 13, 2007 Natural Causes
Angel Azteca 43 March 18, 2007 Unknown
Abe Coleman 101 March 28, 2007 Natural Causes
Mephisto Lephanto 31 May 4, 2007 Sudden Heart Attack in the Ring
Sonny Myers 83 May 5, 2007 Natural Causes
Sandy Barr 69 June 2, 2007 Heart Attack
Sensational Sherri Martel 49 June 15, 2007 Unknown
Shane “Biff Wellington” Bower 42 June 23, 2007 Heart Attack
Nancy Daus (Woman from WCW) 42 June 23, 2007 Strangulation
Chris Benoit 40 June 25, 2007 Suicide
Brian “Crush” Adams (43)–August 13, 2007–Natural Causes
The Missing Link (Dewey Robertson) (68)–August 16, 2007–Died from cancer
Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) (84)–November 3, 2007–Natural Causes
Jean Louis Cormier (Rudy Kay), 65, May 25, 2008. Septicemia.
Andrew Martin (Test) – 1975 – 2009 – Overdose of drugs
Captain Lou Albano – 1933 – 2009 – Prolonged Illness
Yvon “the Beast” Cormier, 70, Mar. 4, 2009. Heart attack during lymphoma treatments.
Umaga – 4 December, 2009 – Heart Attack
Lance Cade – 2010 – Heart Failure
Bastion Booger – 2010 – heart attack
Giant Gonzalez – 2010 – Diabetes
Chris Kanyon – 2010 – Suicide
Jack Brisco – 2010 – Heart Attack
Ludvig Borga – 2010 – Heart Attack
Sailor White – 2011 – Car Accident
Macho Man Randy Savaage, 2011 – Accident
Doctor X – October 2011, 11 (aged -1959)- Was shot in the head and killed
Larry Sweeney – 2011 – Suicide
Shawn Osborne – 2011 – Suicide
Well Dunn – 2012 – Unknown

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