Dead Wrestlers List: When and How They Died

Big Boss Man Dead Wrestler WWF WWE WCWI cannot remember a time when I didn’t watch pro wrestling. My dad and grandfather used to watch it all the time and I was enamored by the wrestlers on the TV screen.

As many people my age, I grew up in the age of Hulkamania. I always wanted him to win, but that character got old. I found myself liking “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and Junk Yard Dog. I think that is when I legitimately fell in love with wrestling and not just the festival around Hulk Hogan.

The life of a professional wrestler is difficult. The road isn’t kind and bad habits can take over one’s life.

As the years went by, I’ve started seeing all my favorite WWE, WWF, WCW & ECW wrestlers die off at an alarming rate. I often wondered how they died. I made this list for those who are fans of wrestling and are interested in how their favorite wrestler passed away.

Adorable Adrian Adonis Dead Wrestler“Adorable” Adrian Adonis1988 – Car Accident

Andre the Giant1993 – Heart Attack

Axl Rotten2016 – Drug Overdose

Bad News Brown2007 – Heart Attack

Balls Mahoney2016 – (Unknown at this time)

Bam Bam Bigelow2007 – Drug Overdose

Bastion Booger/Norman2010 – Heart Attack

Bertha Faye2001 – Drug Overdose

Big Boss Man2004 – Heart Attack

Big John Studd1995 – Liver Cancer & Hodgkin’s Disease

Bruiser Brody Dead WrestlerBlackjack Mulligan2016 – Natural Causes

Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan2017 – Cancer

Bobo Brazil1998 – Stroke

Brad Armstrong2010 – Medical Distress

Brian Pillman1997 – Heart Disease

“British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith2002Heart Attack

Bruiser Brody1988Stabbed to death

Captain Lou Albano2009Heart Attack

Chavo Guerrero Sr. 2017 – Liver Cancer

Chief Jay Strongbow2012Fall at home

Chief Wahoo McDaniels2002Diabete

chyna 2016 wwf wwe wrestler deathChris Adams – 2001 – Shot to death

Chris Benoit2007 – Suicide

Chris Duffy2006 – Seizure

Chris Kanyon2010 – Suicide

Chyna2016 – Accidental Overdose

“Classy” Freddie Blassie2003 – Natural Causes

Crash Holly2003 – Drug Overdose

Crush (Brian Adams)2007 – Suspected Steroids Overdose

Dick Murdoch1996 – Heart Failure

Doink The Clown Dead Wrestler WWF WWEDick the Bruiser1991 – Ruptured Blood Vessel

Dino Bravo1992 – Murdered with gun

Doink the Clown (Matt Borne)2013 – Accidental Overdose

“Dr. Death” Steve Williams2009 – Throat Cancer

Dusty Rhodes2015 – Stomach Cancer

Earthquake/Golga2006 – Bladder Cancer

Eddie Guerrero2005 – Heart Failure

Ernie “The Cat” Ladd2007 – Cancer

Giant Gonzales WWF WWE Dead WrestlerFabulous Moolah2007 – Natural Causes

George ‘The Animal’ Steele2017 – Unknown

Giant Baba1999 – Colon Cancer

Giant Gonzales/El Gigante2010 – Diabetes

Gorilla Monsoon1999 – Heart Attack

Hayabusa2016 – Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Hercules Hernandez2004 – Heart Disease

‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe2016 – Unknown

Ivan Koloff2017 – Liver Disease

Jack Brisco2010 – Died during Open Heart Surgery

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka2017 – Cancer

Joey Marella1994 – Car Accident

Johnny Grunge2006 – Steroid Overdose

Junkyard Dog1998 – Car Accident

Kerry Von Erich WWE WWF Dead WrestlerKerry Von Erich/Texas Tornado1993 – Suicide

Killer Kowalski2008 – Heart Attack

Lance Cade/Garrison Cade2010 – Heart Failure

Lord Alfred Hayes2005 – Stroke

Lou Thesz2002 – Natural Causes

Ludvig Borga2010 – Suicide

Luna Vachon2010 – Drug Overdose

Mabel/Viscera/Big Daddy V2014 – Heart Attack

Macho Man Randy Savage Sensational Sherri WWE WWF Dead Wrestler“Macho Man” Randy Savage2011 – Car Accident

Mad Dog Vachon2013 – Natural Causes

Mae Young2014 – Natural Causes

Mariana/Miss Cleavage2004 – Breast Cancer

Mike Awesome2007 – Suicide

Mike Bell2008 – Heart Attack from huffing Dust-Off

Miss Elizabeth2003 – Alcohol & Painkiller Overdose

Mitsuharu Misawa2009 – Died in ring from heart attack

Mr Perfect Curt Hennig Dead Wrestler WWF WWE WCW“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig2003 – Cocaine Overdose

Nick Bockwinkel2015 – Unknown Illness

Nicole Bass2017 – Heart Attack

Owen Hart1999 – Died from 50-foot fall

Ox Baker2014 – Heart Attack

Paul Bearer2013 – Blood Clot

“Playboy” Buddy Rose2009 – Natural Causes

Rad Radford/Louie Spicolli1998 – Heart Disease

Rick Rude1999 – Heart Attack

Road Warrior Hawk2003 – Heart Attack

Rocco Rock2002 – Heart Attack

Rosey2017 – Suspected Congestive Heart Failure

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper2015 – Heart Attack

S.D. Jones2008 – Stroke

yokozuna dead wrestler wwe wwfSean O’Haire2014 – Suicide

“Sensational” Sherri Martel2007 – Drug Overdose

Skip/Chris Candido2005 – Blood Clot

Steven Dunn2009 – Blood Clot

Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy2001 – Blood Clot

Test (Andrew Martin)2009 – Drug Overdose

The Wall (Jerry Tuite)2003 – Heart Attack

The Ultimate Warrior2014 – Cardiovascular Disease

Tom Zenk2017 – To Be Announced

Umaga/Jamal2009 – Heart Attack

Verne Gagne2015 – Natural Causes

Yokozuna2000 – Heart Attack


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Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot ClicksGuyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.

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