Former professional wrestler, Andrew Martin, died March 14th just four days sky of his 34th birthday. The toxicology reports conducted in Hillsborough County, Florida discovered that Martin overdosed on Oxycodone.
Martin who was known in the wrestling world as “Test” and “The Punisher” became the latest loss in the wrestling world.
According to police reports, Martin was found in his apartment after a neighbor saw him lying in the middle of a room for hours. Police responded to find the 6-foot-6, 280 man who once entertained thousands every fans every Monday dead before the age of 34.
While the police investigated his apartment, they found steroids and painkillers. It was no surprise to find out today that the cause of death was an overdose on Oxycodone. Police also believe that he died in the middle of dinner since a half eaten pizza was also discovered.
Apparently the pizza wasn’t to die for as Martin’s life was taken away too shortly. As many wrestlers are.
Monday Night Videos is in the middle of making a life entitled The Circus: Live Fast, Die Young. In 2007, Martin was interviewed by this documentary film to discuss the young deaths in professional wrestling.
In a bone chilling interview Martin talks about 2007 was the worst year of his life explaining how he went to eight funerals in the past year saying how he shouldn’t be going to funerals at his age.
You can watch the interview by clicking this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBdDKwqa8ZI
Martin will not be the only wrestler to die this year. I am sure that there will be others. However, when is the wrestling industry going to clean up its act?
The answer might be never. As the title of the upcoming movie The Circus says, the wrestling industry is a circus.
There are thousands of wrestlers, those who have retired and those who are currently wrestling. There are guys like Jake “The Roberts” who might as well have a tattoo written “Living Dead Proof” written across his forehead after the years of drug and alcohol that this man has gone through. However, as of today Jake is still alive and yet people like Martin are buried six feet under.
It’s a shame that the wrestlers that I grew up watching are no longer alive. Wrestlers such as Crash Holy, Eddie Guerrero, “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, the list goes on and on. However, at the end of the day the only thing that Martin becomes is another statistic in an uncured problem that will continue to spread in the years to come.