List of premature professional wrestling deaths

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According to a study by Eastern Michigan University, mortality rates for professional wrestlers are 2.9 times greater than the rate for men in the wider United States population. Experts suggest that a combination of the physical nature of the business, no off-season, and the drug culture of the 1970s and 1980s contributes to high mortality rates among wrestlers. Measures such as the introduction of WWE's Wellness Program have been instituted to curb the trend.[1][2][3][4][5][6] For purposes of this list, wrestlers listed died before age 65.

Under 30

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
18 United States Janet Wolfe
(Janet Boyer Wolfe)
NWA June 13, 1933 July 27, 1951 Injuries (suffered during match)
18 United States Jeff Peterson
(Jeffery Peterson)
MCW, NWA Florida August 13, 1981 November 29 2002 Leukemia
21 United States Chris Von Erich
(Chris Adkisson)
WCCW September 30, 1969 September 12, 1991 Suicide by gunshot[7]
21 Mexico Oro
(Jesus Javier Hernandez)
CMLL December 24, 1971 October 26, 1993 Head injury (suffered during a match)
22 United States Spider
(Daniel Quirk)
Independent circuit July 19, 1982 May 28, 2005 Head injury (suffered during a match)
22 United States Mass Transit
(Eric Kulas)
ECW 1979 May 12, 2002 Complications from gastric bypass surgery[8]
23 United States Mike Von Erich
(Michael Adkisson)
WCCW March 2, 1964 April 12, 1987 Suicide by drug overdose[7]
23 United States Shane Shamrock
(Brian Howser)
MCW February 8, 1975 August 18, 1998 Shot by police
23 Canada Édouard Beaupré
(Joseph Édouard Beaupré Piché)
Unknown January 8, 1881 July 3, 1904 Tuberculosis
23 United States Chri$ Ca$h
(Christopher Bauman Jr.)
CZW July 13, 1982 August 18, 2005 Motorcycle accident
23 Japan Emiko Kado JWP January 28, 1976 April 9, 1999 Intercerebral bleeding (suffered during a match)
24 United States Brian Ong APW 1977 May 28, 2001 Concussion (suffered during a training match)
25 United States David Von Erich
(David Adkisson)
WCCW July 22, 1958 February 10, 1984 Acute enteritis[7]
25 United States Reid Flair
(Reid Fliehr)
AJPW, WCW February 26, 1988 March 29, 2013 Drug overdose[9]
26 United States Kasavubu
(Jimmy Banks)
Stampede Wrestling, WWWF May 14, 1956 July 27, 1982 Heart attack
26 United States Lexi Pillman
(Alexis Reed)
Independent Circuit July 27, 1983 November 25, 2009 Motorcycle accident
27 United States Russ Haas
(Thomas Russell Haas)
MCW, HWA, WWF, JAPW March 27, 1974 December 15, 2001 Heart attack
27 United States J.C. Bailey Independent circuit, CZW August 23, 1983 August 30, 2010 Brain hemorrhage
27 United States Muhammad the Butcher
(Ken McBride)
Independent circuit, UWF 1966 Janaury 6, 1994
27 Japan Masakazu Fukuda WAR, NJPW May 17, 1972 April 19, 2000 Head injury (suffered during a match)
27 United States Louie Spicolli
(Louis Mucciolo Jr.)
WWF, ECW, WCW, AAA February 10, 1971 February 15, 1998 Drug overdose[10]
28 United States Art Barr PNW, WCW, AAA, EMLL October 8, 1966 November 23, 1994 Unknown[11]
28 United States Gino Hernandez WCCW August 14, 1957 February 1, 1986 Drug overdose[12]
28 United States Sir Dudley Clements
(Steven Beresford)
GCW November 18, 1947 April 28, 1976 car accident
29 United States Ricky Lawless
(Medardo Leon Jr.)
Independent circuit 1959 November 30, 1988 Murdered
29 Japan Plum Mariko
(Mariko Umeda)
JWP November 1, 1967 August 16, 1997 Head injury (suffered during a match)
29 United States Clarence Whistler N/A February 24, 1856 November 6, 1885 Pneumonia
29 United States Richard Delicious
(Wayne Van Dyke)
Independent circuit September 11, 1987 May 13, 2017 Heart attack
29 United States Peter Zwissler
(Peter Goodman)
Independent circuit November 11, 1979 August 26, 2009 drug overdose
29 United States Chris Taylor AWA June 13, 1950 June 30, 1979 Cardiomyopathy
29 United States Lance Cade WWE March 2, 1981 August 13, 2010 Cardiomyopathy[13]
29 United States Bobby Shane
(Robert Schoenberger)
NWA August 25, 1945 February 20, 1975 Plane crash
29 United States AJ Mitrano
(Anthony J. Mitrano)
BTW, Independent circuit January 8, 1987 July 20, 2016 Leukemia[14] [15]
29 United States Trent Acid
(Michael Verdi)
ROH, CZW, JCW November 12, 1980 June 18, 2010 Drug overdose

Under 40

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
30 United States Rick McGraw WWF, NWA March 19, 1955 November 1, 1985 Heart attack[16]
30 United States Jay Youngblood
(Steven Romero)
AWA, NWA June 21, 1955 September 2, 1985 Heart attack[17]
30 United States Larry Sweeney
(Alexander Whybrow)
Chikara, IWC, ROH, CZW February 18, 1981 April 11, 2011 Suicide
30 Canada Bruce Swan WFWA 1956 1986 car accident
30 Japan Giant Ochiai
(Takayuki Okada)
Battlarts, WJ May 8, 1973 August 8, 2003 Subdural hematoma
30 United States The Oklahoma Kid
(Elmer Geralds)
BTW, MLW, WCW February 7,1937 August 11, 1968 heart attack
30 Canada Pierre Lefebvre GCW, WWF, Lutte Internationale February 24, 1955 December 20, 1985 Car accident[18]
31 United States Ed Gantner CWF February 4, 1959 December 31, 1990 Suicide by gunshot[19]
31 United States Gene Lipscomb unknown August 9, 1931 May 10, 1963 Drug overdose
31 Japan Kazuharu Sonoda AJPW, NWA, WWC September 16, 1956 November 28, 1987 Died aboard South African Airways Flight 295
31 United States Frank Speer N/A May 27, 1907 June 10, 1938 Pneumonia[20]
31 United States Joey Marella (referee) WWF February 28, 1963 July 4, 1994 Car crash
32 United States Jaime Cardriche unknown March 28, 1968 July 28, 2000 Complications during gall bladder surgery
32 United States Christin Able
(Josh Burgess)
Independent circuit 1984 April 16, 2016 Unknown
32 United States Steve Bradley
(Steve Bisson)
WWF/WWE, PPW, OVW, HWA December 10, 1975 December 1, 2008 Unknown
32 New Zealand Adam Firestorm
(Adam Dykes)
Independent circuit, ECCW November 25, 1976 November 5, 2009 Suicide
32 United States Jerry O
(Jerry Arotski)
WWF 1963 December 1, 1995
32 England Kris Travis TNA, Independent circuit December 16, 1983 March 31, 2016 Stomach Cancer
32 Japan Sorakichi Matsuda
(Koujiro Matsuda)
N/A 1859 August 16, 1891 Consumption
32 United States Lance Idol
(Steve Schuman)
NWA San Francisco, NWA All-Star Wrestling, Stampede Wrestling 1959 September 26, 1991 Heart attack
32 United States Devil Bhudakahn
(James Fawcett)
Independent circuit March 17, 1975 July 13, 2007 Suicide
32 United States Crash Holly
(Mike Lockwood)
WWF/E, Funking Conservatory, APW, TNA August 25, 1971 November 6, 2003 Suicide by drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning[21]
32 United States Buzz Sawyer
(Bruce Woyan)
NWA, WWF, UWF June 14, 1959 February 7, 1992 Heart attack[22]
32 United States Billy McCrary NWA December 7, 1946 July 14, 1979 Motorcycle accident
33 United States Chris Candido WCW, WWF, ECW, SMW, TNA March 21, 1972 April 28, 2005 Acute Pneumonia[23]
33 United States Adrian Adonis
(Keith Franke)
AWA, WWF, NJPW September 15, 1954 July 4, 1988 Car accident[24]
33 United States Eddie Gilbert CWF, WCW, UWF, WWF, USWA, ECW August 14, 1961 February 18, 1995 Heart attack[25]
33 United States Kerry Von Erich WCCW, WWF February 3, 1960 February 18, 1993 Suicide[7]
33 United States Paul E. Normous
(Paul Fauchs)
OVW, ECWA, Independent Circuit April 15, 1975 January 16, 2009 substance overdose
33 United States The Renegade
(Rick Wilson)
WCW October 16, 1965 February 23, 1999 Suicide[26]
33 Canada Test
(Andrew Martin)
WWF/E, Funking Conservatory, TNA March 17, 1975 March 13, 2009 Drug overdose[27]
33 Canada Michel Martel
(Michel Vigneault)
Stampede Wrestling, WWC October 4, 1944 June 30, 1978 Blocked artery (suffered during a match)
33 Mexico El Sanguinario
(Luis Delgadillo)
AAA November 29, 1968 September 8, 2002 heart attack
33 United States D.J. Peterson
(David Peterson)
AWA, WWF, UWF, NWA July 17, 1959 May 25, 1993 Motorcycle accident
33 United States Tiger Khan
( Marlon S. Kalkai)
Stampede Wrestling, Independent Circuit October 22, 1972 June 26, 2006 Heart attack
33 United States Stevie Lee
(Russell Hardman)
WWE, BCW, Independent Circuit June 23, 1972 October 10, 2005 Brain Aneurysm
33 United States Moondog Mayne NWA, WWWF September 12, 1944 August 13, 1978 Car accident
33 United States Jim Browning
(James Orval Browning)
N/A March 31, 1903 June 19, 1936 Pulmonary Embolism
33 Japan Gran Naniwa
(Yoshikuni Kimura)
Michinoku Pro, ECW February 15, 1977 October 6, 2010 Heart attack
34 United States Shawn Osborne
(Shawn McGrath)
WWE May 9, 1976 January 26, 2011 Suicide
34 United States Rollin Hard
(Ronald Montgomery)
IWA Mid-South September 24, 1974 December 25, 2008 Cancer
34 Mexico Espectrito II
(Alejandro Pérez Jiménez)
AAA, WWF May 15, 1975 June 30, 2009 Murder
34 Mexico La Parkita
(Alberto Pérez Jiménez)
AAA, WWF May 15, 1975 June 30, 2009 Murder
34 Mexico El Hijo de Cien Caras
(Eustacio "Tacho" Jiménez Ibarra)
AAA, March 21, 1976 November 29, 2010 Murder
34 United States Chase Tatum
(William Tatum)
WCW November 3, 1973 March 23, 2008 drug overdose
34 United States Brain Damage
(Marvin Lambert)
Independent circuit, CZW December 14, 1977 October 18, 2012 Unknown
34 Samoa/United States Yokozuna
(Rodney Anoa'i)
WWF, AWA October 2, 1966 October 23, 2000 Heart attack[28]
34 United States Bobby Duncum, Jr. WCW, ECW, AJPW August 26, 1965 January 24, 2000 Accidental prescription drug overdose[29]
34 Canada Owen Hart WWF, Stampede Wrestling May 7, 1965 May 23, 1999 Fall from roof of Kemper Arena during stunt[30]
34 United States Big Dick Dudley
(Alex Rizzo)
ECW January 12, 1968 May 16, 2002 Kidney failure[31]
34 United States Wayne Munn NWA February 9, 1896 January 9, 1931 Bright's disease
35 United States Andy Kaufman CWA January 17, 1949 May 16, 1984 Kidney failure from lung cancer
35 Canada Mike Lozansky ECW, Stampede Wrestling, USWA, AJPW, UWA January 1, 1968 December 19, 2003 Heart Attack
35 United States Chris Duffy WWF July 7, 1965 August 25, 2000
35 United States Dino Casanova
(David DiMeglio)
Independent circuit, WCW February 8, 1967 March 1, 2002 Heart attack[8]
35 United States Scott Irwin WWWF, UWF, CWF, AWA, Lutte Internationale May 14, 1952 September 5, 1987 Cancer
35 Canada Marianna Komlos WWF September 3, 1969 September 26, 2004 Breast cancer[32]
35 United States Brian Pillman Stampede Wrestling, WCW, ECW, WWF May 22, 1962 October 5, 1997 Arteriosclerotic heart disease[33]
35 Mexico Perro Aguayo Jr. AAA, CMLL July 23, 1979 March 21, 2015 Cervical spine trauma (suffered during a match)
35 Australia Thunder
(Luke Fordward)
CMLL 1981 June 30, 2016 Stomach cancer
36 Canada Dean Hart Stampede Wrestling, NWA Polynesian Wrestling January 3, 1954 November 21, 1990 Bright's disease
36 United States Emory Hale
(Emory Hail)
WCW, XWF December 13, 1969 January 28, 2006 Kidney failure
36 Canada Freddie Sweetan
(Fred Prossner)
NWA July 25, 1938 July 26, 1974 House fire
36 Japan Shoichi Arai FMW promoter December 19, 1965 May 16, 2002 suicide
36 Canada Louis Papineau NWA 1928 March 7, 1964 heart attack (suffered during match)
36 United States Sean Evans WWE, NWA Wildside, Independent circuit January 28, 1971 October 2, 2007 Lung Cancer
36 United States Gary Albright Stampede Wrestling, UWFi, AJPW May 18, 1963 January 7, 2000 Heart attack (suffered during a match)[34]
36 United States Pitbull #2
(Anthony Durante)
ECW July 26, 1967 September 25, 2003 Drug overdose[35]
36 United States Jerry Tuite WCW, TNA, AJPW December 27, 1966 December 6, 2003 Heart attack[36]
36 Samoa/United States Umaga
(Eki Fatu)
WWE, TNA, AJPW March 28, 1973 December 4, 2009 Heart attack[37]
36-37 United States Frank Hester AWA, CWF 1939 July 26, 1976 car accident
37 United States Mike Bell WWF, ECW March 18, 1971 December 14, 2008 Heart attack
37 United States Buford Pusser UWF Mid-South December 12, 1937 August 21, 1974 Car accident
37 United States Moondog Nathan
(Nathan Randolph)
USWA June 23, 1970 July 4, 2007 heart attack
37 South Korea Pak Song
(Pak Song Nam)
NWA, CWF April 11, 1945 April 1982? Marfan's Syndrome
37 United States Brian Hildebrand SMW, ECW, WCW January 5, 1962 September 8, 1999 Stomach and bowel cancer
37 United States Joey Maggs WCW, WWF, SMW, USWA July 1, 1969 October 15, 2006 Unknown
37 Mexico Loco Zandokan
(Arthur Carrillo Arteaga)
CMLL, AAA January 1, 1958 July 15, 1995
37 United States Big Bad John
(William Goodman)
NWA, CWF January 27, 1943 September 17, 1980 liver failure
37 United States Whitey Caldwell
(JC Caldwell)
NWA July 2, 1935 October 7, 1972 Car accident
37 United States Alberto Torres NWA, AWA January 6, 1934 June 16, 1971 Heart Attack (suffered in match)
37 United States Leroy Brown NWA November 30, 1950 September 6, 1988 Heart attack[38]
37 Mexico Abismo Negro
(Andrés Alejandro Palomeque González)
AAA, CMLL, WWF, TNA July 1, 1971 March 22, 2009 Drowning
38 Mexico/United States Eddie Guerrero CMLL, AAA, NJPW, ECW, WCW, WWF/E October 9, 1967 November 13, 2005 Arteriosclerotic heart disease[39]
38 United States John Kronus
(George Caiazzo)
ECW January 13, 1969 July 18, 2007 Heart failure[40]
38 United States Tim Arson WWE December 27, 1976 January 7, 2015 Unknown
38 United States Chip Fairway
(Brett Keen)
HWA, IWA Mid-South November 7, 1972 April 9, 2011 unknown
38 Republic of Ireland Danno O'Mahony
(Daniel O'Mahony)
NWA September 29, 1912 November 5, 1950 Car Accident
38 Russian Empire Aleksander Aberg N/A August 11, 1881 February 20, 1920 Pneumonia
38 United States Billy Redwood
(William Crumpton Jr.)
Independent Circuit, MCW July 24, 1965 July 4, 2004 car accident
38 United States Bison Smith WWC, ROH September 24, 1973 November 22, 2011 Heart complications
38 United States Jim Hady AWA, WWWF, NWA July 4, 1930 January 12, 1969 Heart Attack (suffered during match)
39 Mexico Villano II
(José Alfredo Díaz Mendoza)
UWA, EMLL September 25, 1949 April 17, 1989 Suicide
39 Mexico El Solitario
(Roberto González)
UWA, EMLL May 22, 1946 April 6, 1986 Cardiac arrest during operation
39 Canada Skull Murphy
(John Murphy)
GCW, WWWF, WCW Australia December 7, 1930 March 23, 1970 Suicide
39 Hungary Ed Virag
(Ede Ebner)
NWA St.Louis, NWA August 12, 1912 October 22, 1951 Car accident
39 Spain Hercules Cortez
(Alfonso Chicharro)
AWA July 7, 1932 July 23, 1971 Car accident
39 United States Pink the Clown
(Richard Trogdon)
WWF 1973 December 16, 2012 Natural Causes
39 United States Johnny Grunge
(Michael Durham)
ECW, WCW, WWF July 10, 1966 February 16, 2006 Sleep apnea complications[41]
39 Japan Rikidōzan
(Kim Sin-rak)
NWA, JWA November 14, 1924 December 15, 1963 Peritonitis (as result of stab wound)[42]
39 United Kingdom British Bulldog
(David Smith)
Stampede Wrestling, WWF, AJPW, WCW November 27, 1962 May 18, 2002 Heart attack[43]

Under 50

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
40 Canada Chris Benoit Stampede Wrestling, NJPW, ECW, WCW, WWF/E May 21, 1967 June 24, 2007 Suicide by hanging[44]
40 United States Brady Boone
(Dean Peters)
PNW, WCW, WWF August 22, 1958 December 15, 1998 Car accident
40 United States Terry Gordy UWF, WCCW, AWA, WCW, ECW, WWF April 23, 1961 July 16, 2001 Blood clot
40 United States Frank Gotch N/A April 27, 1877 December 16, 1917 Uremic poisoning
40 Japan Shinya Hashimoto NJPW, Zero1 July 3, 1965 July 11, 2005 Brain aneurysm
40 United States Chris Kanyon (Christopher Klucsarits) WCW, WWF/E January 4, 1970 April 2, 2010 Suicide[45]
40 United States Cincinnati Red
(Gregory Scott Daves)
NWC, EWF October 17, 1974 March 20, 2015 Heart attack
40 United States Little Coco
(Stanley Littlejohn)
WCWA, AWA, WWF 1953 May 16, 1993
40 United States Rick Rude
(Richard Rood)
CWF, WCCW, WWF, ECW, WCW December 7, 1958 April 20, 1999 Heart failure[12]
40 Canada Rhonda Sing WWF, WCW February 21, 1961 July 27, 2001 Heart attack
40 United States Robert Swenson WCCW, WCW January 5, 1957 August 18, 1997 Heart failure
40 Greece George Kotsonaros N/A October 16, 1892 July 13, 1933 Car accident
41 United States Larry Chene
(Arthur Beauchene)
AWA, NWA June 22, 1924 October 2, 1964 Car accident
41 United States Hack Meyers
(Donald Haviland)
ECW December 7, 1973 December 5, 2015 Complications from brain surgery
41 Japan Jackie Sato
(Naoko Sato)
AJW October 30, 1957 August 9, 1999 Stomach cancer
41 Canada Don Eagle
(Carl Donald Bell)
AWA August 25, 1925 March 17, 1966 Suicide
41 Ottoman Empire Yusuf İsmail N/A 1857 July 4, 1898 Drowned aboard the SS La Bourgogne
41 Mexico Sahori AAA, CMLL March 22, 1976 January 25, 2018 unknown
41 Canada Alex Kasaboski N/A 1911 June 13, 1952 head injury (suffered during a match)
41 Canada Jerry London
(Jerry Linden)
NWA, CWC, Stampede Wrestling, Maple Leaf Wrestling 1929 September 20, 1970 Overdose of sleeping pills, Suicide
41 United States Billy Travis
(Gary Mize)
CWA, USWA, WWF April 29, 1961 November 23, 2002 Heart attack[8]
41 United States Sam Bass
(Fred Bass)
NWA 1934 July 27, 1976 car accident
41 United States Larry Cameron Stampede Wrestling, NWA, AWA November 4, 1952 December 13, 1993 Heart attack (suffered during a match)
41 United States Big Boss Man
(Ray Traylor)
WCW, WWF May 2, 1963 September 22, 2004 Heart attack
42 United States Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation promoter January 2, 1954 July 23, 1996 Cocaine induced heart attack
42 United States Mike Awesome
(Michael Alphonso)
AJPW, ECW, WCW, WWF January 24, 1965 February 17, 2007 Suicide by hanging
42 Canada Biff Wellington
(Shayne Bower)
Stampede Wrestling, WCW, NJPW April 18, 1965 June 24, 2007 Heart attack
42 United States Ray Candy
(Ray Canty)
NWA, AJPW, WWC December 3, 1951 May 23, 1994 Heart attack
42 United States Randy Anderson NWA, WCW July 17, 1959 May 5, 2002 Testicular cancer
42 United States Bruiser Brody
(Frank Goodish)
Competed as a freelancer in several companies June 18, 1946 July 17, 1988 Murder[12]
42 United States Miss Elizabeth
(Elizabeth Hulette)
WWF, WCW November 19, 1960 May 1, 2003 Drug overdose[12]
42 Canada John Tenta WWF, WCW June 22, 1963 June 7, 2006 Bladder cancer[46]
42 United States John Ayers UWF April 14, 1953 October 2, 1995 Liver cancer
42 Japan Hiromichi Fuyuki AJPW, NJPW May 11, 1960 March 19, 2003 Cancer
43 United States Brian Adams PNW, NJPW, WWF, WCW April 14, 1964 August 13, 2007 Improper mixture of prescription drugs[47]
43 Estonia Georg Lurich N/A 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1876 20 January 1920 unknown
43 United Kingdom Harold Angus N/A October 11, 1904 August 1948 unknown
43 United States Nancy Benoit CWF, ECW, WCW May 17, 1964 June 22, 2007 Murder[44]
43 United States Viscera
(Nelson Frazier, Jr.)
WWF/E, AJPW February 14, 1971 February 18, 2014 Heart attack
43 United States Sean O'Haire
(Sean Haire)
WCW, WWF, NJPW February 25, 1971 September 8, 2014 Suicide by hanging
43 Mexico Héctor Garza CMLL, Perros del Mal, WCW, WWF June 12, 1969 May 26, 2013 Lung cancer[12]
43 United States Tony Rumble
(Anthony Magliaro)
Independent circuit November 6, 1956 November 13, 1999 Heart attack
43 United States Maifu
(Aaron Gainey)
Independent circuit, CZW March 26, 1974 Augusy 16, 2017 Unknown
43 Mexico Ángel Azteca
(Juan Manuel Zúñiga)
AAA, CMLL June 24, 1963 March 18, 2007 Heart attack (suffered after a match)
44 Germany Carl Abs N/A September 12, 1851 February 18, 1895 Liver and kidney failure
44 Japan Little Frankie
(Masanobu Okamoto)
FMW, AJWPW February 20, 1958 August 15, 2002 heart attack
44 United States Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) ECW, WWF/E April 12, 1972 April 12, 2016 Heart attack[48]
44 Denmark Eric The Red
(Ib Solvang Hansen)
WWWF, NWF, IWA, CWF August 1, 1934 November 16, 1978 Car accident
44 United States Danny Fargo
(Audie Hager)
WWC June 13, 1959 December 26, 2003 Cancer
44 United States Killer Kowalski. Jr
(Robert A. Leo)
Independent circuit June 23, 1964 September 5, 2008 unknown
44 United States Axl Rotten
(Brian Knighton)
ECW April 21, 1971 February 4, 2016 Drug overdose
44 Italy/Canada Dino Bravo
(Adolfo Bresciano)
NWA, AWA, Lutte Internationale, WWF August 6, 1948 March 11, 1993 Murder[12]
44 United States Curt Hennig AWA, PNW, WWF/E, WCW March 28, 1958 February 10, 2003 Combined drug intoxication[12]
44 Argentina Jorge González WCW, WWF, NJPW January 31, 1966 September 22, 2010 Diabetes and severe heart issues
45 United States Bam Bam Bigelow
(Scott Bigelow)
CWA, WWF/E, ECW, WCW September 1, 1961 January 19, 2007 Drug overdose[49]
45 United States Jerry Blackwell AWA, WWWF April 26, 1949 January 22, 1995 Unknown
45 United States Mike Davis CWA, WCCW, WCW November 2, 1956 December 26, 2001 Heart attack
45 England Andre Baker NWA UK Hammerlock December 24, 1964 May 24, 2010 suicide
45 United States Iron Mike DiBiase AWA, NWA December 24, 1923 July 2, 1969 Heart attack
45 United States Dana Carpenter
(Dana Magauzu)
WWF February 29, 1964 May 5, 2009 unknown
45 Japan Chati Yokouchi
(Shin'ichi Yokouchi)
ASW, Stampede Wrestling, International Wrestling Enterprise, CSW 1937 December 15, 1982 unknown
45 United States Herb Calvert CCW, CWF July 28, 1956 January 27, 2002 Heart attack
45 United States Junkyard Dog
(Sylvester Ritter)
UWF, WWF, WCW December 13, 1952 June 2, 1998 Car accident
45 United States Toni Adams
(Toni Collins)
UWF, USWA August 19, 1964 June 24, 2010 Heart attack
45 United States Val Puccio (Valentino Puccio) AJPW, WWF, ECW June 9, 1965 January 7, 2011 Unknown
46 United States Chyna (Joanie Laurer) WWF, NJPW, TNA December 27, 1969 April 20, 2016 Drug overdose
46 United States Maximum Capacity (Michael Stanco) Independent circuit August 2, 1968 August 21, 2014 Colorectal cancer
46 Puerto Rico Victor Quinones IWA June 30, 1959 April 1, 2006 Unknown
46 United States Argentina Apollo (Vincente Denigris) WWWF, NWA 1938 August 2, 1984 Heart attack
46 United States Herman Hickman NWA October 1, 1911 April 25, 1958 Unknown
46 United States Chick Garibaldi NWA, Stampede Wrestling 1914 February 18, 1961 heart attack (suffered during match)
46 United States Gus Sonnenberg NWA March 6, 1898 February 18, 1961 Leukemia
46 Canada Floyd Creatchman International Wrestling 1957 October 25, 2003 Crohn's disease
46 United States Black Venus (Jean Kirkland) AWA,NWA, WWF 1949 September 30, 1995 heart attack
46 United States Sam Sheppard unknown December 29, 1923 April 6, 1970 Liver failure
46 United Kingdom Kevin Cawley unknown 1946 October, 1992 heart attack (suffered during match)
46 Panama Steve King (Jose Riviera) WWWF/WWF 1952 June 28, 1998 Leukemia
46 United States Magnificent Maurice (Gene Dubuque) WWWF December 11, 1927 January, 1974 plane crash
46 United Kingdom Chris Adams WCCW, UWF, WCW February 10, 1955 October 7, 2001 Murder
46 United States Road Warrior Hawk
(Michael Hegstrand)
AWA, NWA, AJPW, WWF, WCW, NJPW September 12, 1957 October 19, 2003 Heart attack[50]
46 France André the Giant (André René Roussimoff) NWA, AWA, WWF) May 19, 1946 January 27, 1993 Congestive heart failure[51]
46 Japan Mitsuharu Misawa AJPW, Pro Wrestling Noah June 18, 1962 June 13, 2009 Heart attack caused by cervical spinal cord injury (suffered during a match)[52]
47 United States Hercules
(Ray Fernandez)
NWA, WWF, NJPW,WCW May 7, 1956 March 6, 2004 Heart disease
47 United States Man Mountain Mike
(Gary Fletcher)
NWA, AWA, WWWF September 15, 1940 April 30, 1988 Heart attack
47 Canada Vivian Vachon AWA, WWWF, CWF, International Wrestling NWA February 14, 1944 August 25, 1991 Car accident
47 Japan Hayabusa
(Eiji Ezaki)
FMW, ECW November 29, 1968 March 3, 2016 Subarachnoid hemorrhage
47 United States Rosey
(Matthew Anoa'i)
WWE, HWA, WXW, ECW, AJPW April 7, 1970 April 17, 2017 Congestive heart failure[53]
47 American Samoa Peter Maivia
(Pita Fanene Anderson)
NWA, WWWF April 6, 1935 June 13, 1982 Cancer
47 United States Big John Studd
(John Minton)
NWA, AWA, WWF, NAWA February 19, 1948 March 20, 1995 Liver cancer
47 Finland Tony Halme NJPW, WWF, CWA January 6, 1963 January 8, 2010 Suicide by gunshot
47 Mexico Ángel Blanco
(José Ángel Vargas Sánchez)
EMLL August 2, 1938 April 26, 1986 Car crash
47 United States Bob Konovsky NWA August 19, 1934 March 6, 1982 Unknown
47 United States Luther Lindsay
(Luther Goodall)
NWA December 30, 1924 February 21, 1972 Heart attack (suffered during a match)
47 Mexico El Texano
(Juan Aguilar Jauregui)
WCCW, WCW, CMLL November 26, 1958 January 15, 2006 Pneumonia
48 United States Troy 'The Hippie' Graham
(Troy Rolland Thompson, Jr.)
AWA October 26, 1953 March 7, 2002 Heart attack
48 United States Yukon Eric
(Eric Holmback)
NWA April 16, 1916 January 16, 1965 Suicide
48 United States Cousin Junior
Lanny Kean
WWF, CWA, USWA March 19, 1960 January 13, 2009 Heart attack
48 United States Fuzzy Cupid
(Leon Stap)
WWWF September 24, 1928  ?, 1976 Unknown
48 United States Tim Hunt WCW, Stampede Wrestling December 1, 1965 June 18, 2014 Unknown
48 Japan Harley Saito
(Sayori Saito)
Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling December 21, 1967 December 15, 2016 Esophageal cancer
48 United States Mark Young
(Joe Scarpa Jr.)
WWF, WCW April 23, 1967 February 25, 2016 Unknown
48 United States Don Ross NWAHW October 6, 1946 June 2, 1995 Heart attack
48 United States Dennis Coralluzzo NWA New Jersey promoter March 5, 1953 July 21, 2001 bleeding on the brain due to a stroke
48 United States Gorgeous George
(George Wagner)
AWA, March 24, 1915 December 26, 1963 Heart attack
48 United States Ray Gunkel NWA February 15, 1924 August 1, 1972 Heart attack (suffered after a match)
48 United States Luna Vachon WWF, WCW, ECW January 12, 1962 August 27, 2010 Drug overdose
48 United States Steve Doll WWF, PNW, WCW, USWA December 9, 1960 March 22, 2009 Blood clot
49 Lebanon Sheik Ali
(Wadi Ayoub)
various international promotions 1927 September 29, 1976 Cancer
49 United States Dean Detton N/A June 27, 1908 February 27, 1958 Suicide
49 Mexico La Fiera
(Arturo Casco Hernández)
NWA, EMLL March 17, 1961 September 12, 2010 Murder
49 Mexico Kung Fu
(Raymundo Cuesta Veloz)
EMLL January 20, 1951 January 3, 2001 Arterial hypertension
49 Russian Empire Ray Steele NWA February 2, 1900 September 11, 1949 Heart attack
49 United States Sherri Martel AWA, WWF, WCW February 8, 1958 June 15, 2007 Drug overdose
49 United States Dick Murdoch CWF, NWA, WWF, Mid-South/UWF August 16, 1946 June 15, 1996 Heart attack
49 United States Rocco Rock
(Ted Petty)
ECW, WCW, WWF September 1, 1953 September 21, 2002 Heart attack[8]
49 Japan Jumbo Tsuruta
(Tomomi Tsuruta)
AJPW March 25, 1951 May 13, 2000 Complications of a kidney transplant
49 Mexico Espectrito
(Mario Jiminez)
EMLL, AAA, WWF December 18, 1966 January 23, 2016 Unknown
49 United States Jack Claybourne NWA March 8, 1910 January 7, 1960 Suicide by gunshot
49 United States Raider (Randy Barber) NWA, WWF March 10, 1958 January 1, 2008 heart attack
49 United States "Dr. Death" Steve Williams Mid-South/UWF, NWA, WWF, WCW, ECW May 14, 1960 December 29, 2009 Throat cancer
49 Canada Louis Cyr (Cyprien-Noé Cyr) N/A October 10, 1863 November 10, 1912 Chronic nephritis
49 Russia Grigory Verichev FMW April 4, 1957 May 25, 2006 Unknown

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Under 65

See also

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