Pro Wrestling News: Former ECW & WWE Star Passes Away

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMarch 3, 2012

Photo: onlineworldofwrestling.com
Photo: onlineworldofwrestling.com

According to wrestlingobserver.com, former power lifter and professional wrestler Doug Furnas has passed away at the age of 50.

There are several reports throughout the Internet, and the first was allegedly from David Haskins, a pro wrestler out of the State of Tennessee who received the information from Doug Furnas’ brother, Mike.

Furnas was a power lifter for The University of Tennessee, where he still holds the record for men’s collegiate squat and dead-lift.

Furnas transitioned to professional wrestling in the mid 1980’s when he started out in CCW (Continental Championship Wrestling).

He feuded with well-known stars as Kevin Sullivan, Buddy Landell and Sid Vicious, who was known as “Lord Humongous” within the promotion.

He moved on to All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he teamed up with Phil Lafon and formed the tag-team the “Can-Am Express.”  They captured AJPW Tag-Team gold on several occasions.

Furnas briefly worked in the WWE in 1996 again teaming up with Phil Lafon, but the team weren’t popular with the fans and jumped to ECW in late 1997.

Furnas and Lafon was a regular stable in ECW, and had long feuds with Sabu & Rob Van Dam, Chris Candido & Lance Storm, and the FBI (Full Blooded Italians).

Furnas switched to singles competition, but his run didn’t last long and he retired from professional wrestling in 2000.

After his retirement, it was reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that he was battling with Alzeimer's Disease.

His exact cause of death has not been made public, but will be updated in this story when it is released.

According to David Haskins Facebook Page, Furnas passed away in his sleep and he had commented that he had some health problems. 

An update from The Wrestling Observer stated that Furnas had been battling Parkinson's Disease for several years.

Update: According to Slam Wrestling and a subscribers only audio from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, Doug Furnas' official cause of death was heart disease.

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