The WWE has had some sad deaths in the family and after the past 10 years with the deaths of wrestlers, I want to pay tribute and show the saddest deaths in wrestling history. The WWE has seen people that have died at such a young age and this is for all that have passed.
Honorable Mention: Crash Holly - 32 Test - 33 Adrian Adonis - 34 Big Boss Man - 42 Earthquake - 42 Brian Adams (Crush) - 43 Bam Bam Bigelow - 45 Andre the Giant - 46Hawk - 46
On May 1, 2003, the first woman of wrestling was found dead at her home. She had taken taking mixed pills of hydrocodone and Alpraolam (Xanax) with vodka. One of the greatest managers in wrestling history had left the earth. She has yet to be inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame but hopefully she will be soon. She had the biggest heart and will be remembered.
On February 17, 2007, a group of Awesome's friends found him hanging in his Tampa home. It is believed he committed suicide. He was 42-years-old. Awesome was one of the wrestlers that wasted talent and it wasn't his fault he wasn’t used properly. He was an ECW World and Tag Champion and a WWE Hardcore Champion. He has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and I don't really know if he will be.
Sylvester Ritter or how we know him, "The Junkyard Dog," died in a tragic accident on his way home from his daughter’s graduation in June of 1998. JYD was know for the sweet, nice, and funny person he was and he had a big heart and loved what he did. JYD was one of the first black wrestlers to get a shot in wrestling, down in the mid-south. JYD never won a major title and it's a shame he never did. JYD was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
On Feb. 10, 2003, Hennig was found dead in a Florida hotel room. He was 44-years-old. He had been a wrestler that could only be known as one thing, “Mr. Perfect.” Hennig was an excellent wrestler and proved it in the ring, even though he never won a world title. He should have, he was one of the best IC in wrestling history he also won the US title in WCW. Mr. Perfect, Curt Hennig was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
Fritz is the father of the other members of the Von Erich family, and the grandfather of Kevin's son, Ross and Kerry's daughters Lacey and Hollie. He died of lung cancer, which spread to his brain in 1997.
David died in 1984 of a drug overdose, reportedly shortly before he was booked to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title from Ric Flair.
Kerry committed suicide by shooting himself in the heart in 1993 on his father's ranch.
Chris became depressed and frustrated. He was heartbroken over the loss of his brothers and committed suicide in 1991.
This is the saddest tragedy a family has had to go through and none have been inducted into the Hall of Fame as of yet.
Smith died on May 18, 2002, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Invermere, British Columbia. He took the vacation with his girlfriend, Bruce Hart's estranged wife Andrea Redding. He was 39 years old. Smith had been an IC, European, Hardcore, and Tag Champion. He was another that never one a world title. He has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Some time during the night or early morning prior to the Oct. 5, 1997 In Your House: Badd Blood Pay-Per-View in St. Louis, Pillman died in a Bloomington, Minnesota, Budget Inn hotel room. An autopsy found that Pillman had a previously undetected heart condition, (arteriosclerotic heart disease) which had led to his death. He was 35-years-old. Pillman did not know that he was about to become a father, once again, when he died. He has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
On June 25, 2007, Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their Fayetteville, Georgia home. Chris Benoit's legacy is a hot topic in professional wrestling circles, with even the WWE going so far as refusing to reference Benoit in most material. He has been an IC, US, Tag, and World Champion, but I doubt he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
On May 23, 1999, Hart fell to his death in Kansas City, Missouri during the Over the Edge Pay-Per-View event. Hart was in the process of being lowered via harness and rappel line into the ring from the rafters of Kemper Arena. It was part of a booked Intercontinental Championship match against The Godfather. He has never been a World Champion, but should have been and has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
On Nov. 13, 2005, Guerrero was found unconscious in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota by his nephew, Chavo. Chavo attempted CPR, but Guerrero was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived on the scene.
He had been a WWE Champion, US, IC, and Tag and it was the saddest moment when he died. The following year the Hall of Fame was put in 2006.