List of premature professional wrestling deaths

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According to a study by Eastern Michigan University, mortality rates for professional wrestlers are up to 2.9 times greater than the rate for men in the wider United States population.[1] John Moriarty of the University of Manchester and Benjamin Morris of FiveThirtyEight report that the mortality rate for professional wrestlers is higher than that of athletes in other sports.[2] 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.[3][4][5][6][7] For purposes of this list, wrestlers listed died before age 65.

List

Under 20

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
18 Janet Wolfe
(Janet Boyer Wolfe)
NWA June 13, 1933 July 27, 1951 Injuries (suffered during match)

Under 30

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
21 Chris Von Erich
(Chris Adkisson)
WCCW September 30, 1969 September 12, 1991 Suicide by gunshot[8]
21 Oro
(Jesus Javier Hernandez)
CMLL December 24, 1971 October 26, 1993 Head injury (suffered during a match)
21 Jeff Peterson Independent Circuit, ECWA August 13, 1981 November 29, 2002 Leukima
22 Spider
(Daniel Quirk)
Independent circuit, WXW July 19, 1982 May 28, 2005 Head injury (suffered during a match)
22 Mass Transit
(Eric Kulas)
ECW 1979 May 12, 2002 Complications from gastric bypass surgery[9]
23 Mike Von Erich
(Michael Adkisson)
WCCW March 2, 1964 April 12, 1987 Suicide by drug overdose[8]
23 Shane Shamrock
(Brian Howser)
MCW February 8, 1975 August 18, 1998 Shot by police
23 Edouard Beaupre
(Joseph Édouard Beaupré Piché)
N/A January 9, 1881 July 3, 1904 Tuberculosis
23 Chri$ Ca$h
(Christopher Bauman Jr.)
CZW July 13, 1982 August 18, 2005 Motorcycle accident
23 Emiko Kado JWP January 28, 1976 April 9, 1999 Intercerebral bleeding (suffered during a match)
25 David Von Erich
(David Adkisson)
WCCW, NWA St. Louis, AJPW July 22, 1958 February 10, 1984 Acute enteritis[8]
25 Reid Flair
(Reid Fliehr)
AJPW, WCW February 26, 1988 March 29, 2013 Drug overdose[10]
26 Kasavubu
(Jimmy Banks)
Stampede Wrestling, WWWF May 14, 1956 July 27, 1982 Heart attack
27 Russ Haas
(Thomas Russell Haas)
MCW, HWA, WWF, JAPW March 27, 1974 December 15, 2001 Heart attack
27 J.C. Bailey CZW, IWA Mid-South August 23, 1983 August 30, 2010 Brain hemorrhage
27 Masakazu Fukuda WAR, NJPW May 17, 1972 April 19, 2000 Head injury (suffered during a match)
27 Louie Spicolli
(Louis Mucciolo Jr.)
WWF, ECW, WCW, AAA February 10, 1971 February 15, 1998 Drug overdose[11]
28 Art Barr PNW, WCW, AAA, EMLL October 8, 1966 November 23, 1994 Unknown[12]
28 Gino Hernandez WCCW, SCW August 14, 1957 February 1, 1986 Drug overdose[13]
29 Ricky Lawless
(Medardo Leon Jr.)
ICW, NWF December 3, 1959 November 30, 1988 Murdered
29 Plum Mariko
(Mariko Umeda)
JWP November 1, 1967 August 16, 1997 Head injury (suffered during a match)
29 Clarence Whistler N/A February 24, 1856 November 6, 1885 Pneumonia
29 Chris Taylor AWA June 13, 1950 June 30, 1979 Cardiomyopathy
29 Lance Cade WWE March 2, 1981 August 13, 2010 Cardiomyopathy[14]
29 Bobby Shane
(Robert Schoenberger)
NWA, CWF August 25, 1945 February 20, 1975 Plane crash
29 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 Rick McGraw WWF, NWA March 19, 1955 November 1, 1985 Heart attack[15]
30 Jay Youngblood
(Steven Romero)
AWA, NWA June 21, 1955 September 2, 1985 Heart attack[16]
30 Larry Sweeney
(Alexander Whybrow)
Chikara, IWC, ROH, CZW February 18, 1981 April 11, 2011 Suicide
30 Giant Ochiai
(Takayuki Okada)
Battlarts, WJ May 8, 1973 August 8, 2003 Subdural hematoma
30 Pierre Lefebvre GCW, WWF, Lutte Internationale February 24, 1955 December 20, 1985 Car accident[17]
31 Ed Gantner CWF February 4, 1959 December 31, 1990 Suicide by gunshot[18]
31 Gene Lipscomb unknown August 9, 1931 May 10, 1963 Drug overdose
31 Frank Speer unknown May 27, 1907 June 10, 1938 Bronchial pneumonia
31 Kazuharu Sonoda AJPW, NWA, WWC September 16, 1956 November 28, 1987 Died aboard South African Airways Flight 295
31 Joey Marella WWF February 28, 1963 July 4, 1994 Car crash
32 Jaime Cardriche unknown March 28, 1968 July 28, 2000 Complications during gall bladder surgery
32 Steve Bradley
(Steve Bisson)
WWF/WWE, PPW, OVW, HWA December 10, 1975 December 1, 2008 Unknown
32 Adam Firestorm
(Adam Dykes)
Independent circuit, ECCW November 25, 1976 November 5, 2009 Suicide
32 Kris Travis TNA, RPW, PCW, ICW, PROGRESS December 16, 1983 March 31, 2016 Stomach Cancer
32 Sorakichi Matsuda
(Koujiro Matsuda)
N/A 1859 August 16, 1891 Consumption
32 Crash Holly
(Mike Lockwood)
WWF/E, Funking Conservatory, APW, TNA August 25, 1971 November 6, 2003 Suicide by drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning[19]
32 Buzz Sawyer
(Bruce Woyan)
NWA, WWF, UWF June 14, 1959 February 7, 1992 Heart attack[20]
32 Billy McCrary NWA, NJPW December 7, 1946 July 14, 1979 Motorcycle accident
33 Chris Candido WCW, WWF, ECW, SMW, NJPW, TNA March 21, 1972 April 28, 2005 Acute pneumonia[21]
33 Adrian Adonis
(Keith Franke)
AWA, WWF, NJPW, CWF, GCW, NWA All-Star Wrestling September 15, 1954 July 4, 1988 Car accident[22]
33 Eddie Gilbert CWF, WCW, UWF, WWF, USWA, ECW August 14, 1961 February 18, 1995 Heart attack[23]
33 José Aarón Alvarado Nieves CMLL, UWA May 9, 1966 October 27, 1999 Infection
33 Kerry Von Erich WCCW, WWF February 3, 1960 February 18, 1993 Suicide[8]
33 Paul E. Normous
(Paul Fauchs)
OVW, ECWA, Independent Circuit April 15, 1975 January 16, 2009 substance overdose
33 The Renegade
(Rick Wilson)
WCW October 16, 1965 February 23, 1999 Suicide[24]
33 Test
(Andrew Martin)
WWF/E, Funking Conservatory, TNA March 17, 1975 March 13, 2009 Drug overdose[25]
33 Michel Martel
(Michel Vigneault)
Stampede Wrestling, WWC October 4, 1944 June 30, 1978 Heart attack (suffered after a match)
33 D.J. Peterson
(David Peterson)
AWA, WWF, UWF, NWA July 17, 1959 May 25, 1993 Motorcycle accident
33 Neil Superior
(Neil Caricofe)
NWL, IWCCW; SAPW, WCW April 6, 1963 August 23, 1996 Confrontation with police
33 Moondog Mayne NWA, WWWF, PNW September 12, 1944 August 13, 1978 Car accident
33 Gran Naniwa
(Yoshikuni Kimura)
Michinoku Pro, ECW February 15, 1977 October 6, 2010 Heart attack
34 Espectrito II
(Alejandro Pérez Jiménez)
AAA, WWF May 15, 1975 June 30, 2009 Murder
34 La Parkita
(Alberto Pérez Jiménez)
AAA, WWF May 15, 1975 June 30, 2009 Murder
34 El Hijo de Cien Caras
(Eustacio "Tacho" Jiménez Ibarra)
AAA,CMLL March 21, 1976 November 29, 2010 Murder
34 Chase Tatum
(William Tatum)
WCW November 3, 1973 March 23, 2008 Drug overdose
34 Brain Damage
(Marvin Lambert)
IWA MS, CZW December 14, 1977 October 18, 2012 Apparent suicide
34 Yokozuna
(Rodney Anoa'i)
WWF, AWA, NJPW, UWA October 2, 1966 October 23, 2000 Heart attack[26]
34 Bobby Duncum, Jr. WCW, ECW, AJPW August 26, 1965 January 24, 2000 Accidental prescription drug overdose[27]
34 Owen Hart WWF, Stampede Wrestling, NJPW, CWA May 7, 1965 May 23, 1999 Fall from roof of Kemper Arena during stunt[28]
34 Big Dick Dudley
(Alex Rizzo)
ECW January 12, 1968 May 16, 2002 Kidney failure[29]
34 Wayne Munn NWA February 9, 1896 January 9, 1931 Bright's disease
35 Andy Kaufman CWA January 17, 1949 May 16, 1984 Kidney failure from lung cancer
35 Chris Duffy WWF July 7, 1965 August 25, 2000
35 Dino Casanova
(David DiMeglio)
Independent circuit, WCW February 8, 1967 March 1, 2002 Heart attack[9]
35 Scott Irwin WWWF, UWF, CWF, AWA, Lutte Internationale May 14, 1952 September 5, 1987 Cancer
35 Marianna Komlos WWF September 3, 1969 September 26, 2004 Breast cancer[30]
35 Brian Pillman Stampede Wrestling, WCW, ECW, WWF May 22, 1962 October 5, 1997 Arteriosclerotic heart disease[31]
35 Miguel Ángel Delgado
(Miguel Ángel Delgado Reyes)
EMLL August 28, 1947 February 7, 1983 Leukemia
35 Perro Aguayo Jr. AAA, CMLL July 23, 1979 March 21, 2015 Cervical spine trauma (suffered during a match)
35 Thunder
(Luke Fordward)
CMLL 1981 June 30, 2016 Stomach cancer
36 Dean Hart Stampede Wrestling, NWA Polynesian Wrestling January 3, 1954 November 21, 1990 Bright's disease
36 Emory Hale
(Emory Hail)
WCW, XWF December 13, 1969 January 28, 2006 Kidney failure
36 Freddie Sweetan
(Fred Prossner)
NWA July 25, 1938 July 26, 1974 House fire
36 Shoichi Arai FMW promoter December 19, 1965 May 16, 2002 suicide
36 Gary Albright Stampede Wrestling, UWFi, AJPW May 18, 1963 January 7, 2000 Heart attack (suffered during a match)[32]
36 Pitbull #2
(Anthony Durante)
ECW July 26, 1967 September 25, 2003 Drug overdose[33]
36 Jerry Tuite WCW, TNA, AJPW December 27, 1966 December 6, 2003 Heart attack[34]
36 Umaga
(Eki Fatu)
WWE, TNA, WXW, AJPW March 28, 1973 December 4, 2009 Heart attack[35]
37 Mike Bell WWF, ECW March 18, 1971 December 14, 2008 Heart attack
37 Buford Pusser UWF Mid-South December 12, 1937 August 21, 1974 Car accident
37 Pak Song
(Pak Song Nam)
NWA, CWF April 11, 1945 April 1982? Marfan's Syndrome
37 Brian Hildebrand SMW, ECW, WCW January 5, 1962 September 8, 1999 Stomach and bowel cancer
37 Joey Maggs WCW, WWF, SMW, USWA July 1, 1969 October 15, 2006 Unknown
37 Leroy Brown NWA November 30, 1950 September 6, 1988 Heart attack[36]
37 Abismo Negro
(Andrés Alejandro Palomeque González)
AAA, CMLL, WWF, TNA July 1, 1971 March 22, 2009 Drowning
37-38 Espanto I
(José Eusebio Vázquez Bernal)
EMLL 1930 May 30, 1968 Murder
38 Eddie Guerrero CMLL, AAA, NJPW, ECW, WCW, WWF/E October 9, 1967 November 13, 2005 Arteriosclerotic heart disease[37]
38 John Kronus
(George Caiazzo)
ECW, USWA, CZW January 13, 1969 July 18, 2007 Heart failure[38]
38 Tim Arson
(Timothy Calkins)
WWE, WWC, Independent circuit December 27, 1976 January 7, 2015 Unknown
38 Chip Fairway
(Brett Keen)
HWA, IWA Mid-South November 7, 1972 April 9, 2011 unknown
38 Danno O'Mahony
(Daniel O'Mahony)
NWA September 29, 1912 November 5, 1950 Car Accident
38 Aleksander Aberg N/A August 11, 1881 February 20, 1920 Pneumonia
38 Brian Danovich WWE, Independent Circuit July 8, 1980 August 9, 2018 Suicide
38 Bison Smith WWC, ROH September 24, 1973 November 22, 2011 Heart complications
38 Matt Cappotelli OVW, WWE November 12, 1979 June 29, 2018 Brain cancer[39]
39 Villano II
(José Alfredo Díaz Mendoza)
UWA, EMLL September 25, 1949 April 17, 1989 Suicide
39 El Solitario
(Roberto González)
UWA, EMLL May 22, 1946 April 6, 1986 Cardiac arrest during operation
39 Skull Murphy
(John Murphy)
GCW, WWWF, WCW Australia December 7, 1930 March 23, 1970 Suicide
39 Hercules Cortez
(Alfonso Chicharro)
AWA, NWA July 7, 1932 July 23, 1971 Car accident
39 Pink the Clown
(Richard Trogdon)
WWF, Independent circuit May 20, 1973 December 16, 2012 Natural Causes
39 Johnny Grunge
(Michael Durham)
ECW, WCW, WWF, 3PW, TCW July 10, 1966 February 16, 2006 Sleep apnea complications[40]
39 Rikidōzan
(Kim Sin-rak)
NWA, JWA November 14, 1924 December 15, 1963 Peritonitis (as result of stab wound)[41]
39 British Bulldog
(David Smith)
Stampede Wrestling, WWF, AJPW, WCW November 27, 1962 May 18, 2002 Heart attack[42]

Under 50

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
40 Chris Benoit Stampede Wrestling, NJPW, ECW, WCW, WWF/E May 21, 1967 June 24, 2007 Suicide by hanging[43]
40 Brady Boone
(Dean Peters)
PNW, WCW, WWF August 22, 1958 December 15, 1998 Car accident
40 Terry Gordy UWF, WCCW, AWA, WCW, ECW, WWF April 23, 1961 July 16, 2001 Blood clot
40 Frank Gotch N/A April 27, 1877 December 16, 1917 Uremic poisoning
40 Shinya Hashimoto NJPW, Zero1 July 3, 1965 July 11, 2005 Brain aneurysm
40 Chris Kanyon (Christopher Klucsarits) WCW, WWF/E January 4, 1970 April 2, 2010 Suicide[44]
40 Cincinnati Red
(Gregory Scott Daves)
NWC, EWF October 17, 1974 March 20, 2015 Heart attack
40 Vivian Vachon AWA, WWWF, CWF, International Wrestling NWA February 14, 1951 August 25, 1991 Car accident
40 Rick Rude
(Richard Rood)
CWF, WCCW, WWF, ECW, WCW December 7, 1958 April 20, 1999 Heart failure[13]
40 Rhonda Sing WWF, WCW, Stampede Wrestling February 21, 1961 July 27, 2001 Heart attack
40 Robert Swenson WCCW, GWF, WCW January 5, 1957 August 18, 1997 Heart failure
40 George Kotsonaros N/A October 16, 1892 July 13, 1933 Car accident
41 Hack Meyers
(Donald Haviland)
ECW, FOW, Funking Conservatory December 7, 1973 December 5, 2015 Complications from brain surgery
41 Jackie Sato
(Naoko Sato)
AJW October 30, 1957 August 9, 1999 Stomach cancer
41 Don Eagle
(Carl Donald Bell)
AWA August 25, 1925 March 17, 1966 Suicide
41 Yusuf İsmail N/A 1857 July 4, 1898 Drowned aboard the SS La Bourgogne
41 Jerry London
(Jerry Linden)
NWA, CWC, Stampede Wrestling, Maple Leaf Wrestling 1929 September 20, 1970 Overdose of sleeping pills, suicide
41 Billy Travis
(Gary Mize)
CWA, USWA, WWF April 29, 1961 November 23, 2002 Heart attack[9]
41 Larry Cameron Stampede Wrestling, NWA, AWA November 4, 1952 December 13, 1993 Heart attack (suffered during a match)
41 Big Boss Man
(Ray Traylor)
WCW, WWF May 2, 1963 September 22, 2004 Heart attack
42 Herb Abrams Universal Wrestling Federation promoter January 2, 1954 July 23, 1996 Cocaine induced heart attack
42 Mike Awesome
(Michael Alphonso)
AJPW, ECW, WCW, WWF January 24, 1965 February 17, 2007 Suicide by hanging
42 Biff Wellington
(Shayne Bower)
Stampede Wrestling, WCW, NJPW April 18, 1965 June 24, 2007 Heart attack
42 Ray Candy
(Ray Canty)
NWA, AJPW, WWC December 3, 1951 May 23, 1994 Heart attack
42 Randy Anderson NWA, WCW July 17, 1959 May 5, 2002 Testicular cancer
42 Bruiser Brody
(Frank Goodish)
NWA, AJPW, NWA St.Louis, WWWF June 18, 1946 July 17, 1988 Murder[13]
42 Miss Elizabeth
(Elizabeth Hulette)
WWF, WCW November 19, 1960 May 1, 2003 Drug overdose[13]
42 John Tenta WWF, WCW June 22, 1963 June 7, 2006 Bladder cancer[45]
42 John Ayers UWF April 14, 1953 October 2, 1995 Liver cancer
42 Hiromichi Fuyuki AJPW, NJPW May 11, 1960 March 19, 2003 Intestinal Cancer
43 Brian Adams PNW, NJPW, WWF, WCW April 14, 1964 August 13, 2007 Improper mixture of prescription drugs[46]
43 Georg Lurich N/A 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1876 20 January 1920 Typhus
43 Nancy Benoit CWF, ECW, WCW May 17, 1964 June 22, 2007 Murder[43]
43 Viscera
(Nelson Frazier, Jr.)
WWF/E, AJPW February 14, 1971 February 18, 2014 Heart attack
43 Sean O'Haire
(Sean Haire)
WCW, WWF, NJPW February 25, 1971 September 8, 2014 Suicide by hanging
43 Héctor Garza CMLL, Perros del Mal, WCW, WWF June 12, 1969 May 26, 2013 Lung cancer[13]
43 Tony Rumble
(Anthony Magliaro)
Independent circuit, NWA New England, WCW November 6, 1956 November 13, 1999 Heart attack
43 Ángel Azteca
(Juan Manuel Zúñiga)
AAA, CMLL June 24, 1963 March 18, 2007 Heart attack (suffered after a match)
43 Doctor X
(Clemente Nájera)
CMLL July 17, 1968 October 11, 2011 Murder[47]
44 Carl Abs N/A September 12, 1851 February 18, 1895 Liver and kidney failure
44 Balls Mahoney
(Jonathan Rechner)
ECW, WWF/E April 12, 1972 April 12, 2016 Heart attack[48]
44 Eric The Red
(Ib Solvang Hansen)
WWWF, NWF, IWA, CWF August 1, 1934 November 16, 1978 Car accident
44 Danny Fargo
(Audie Hager)
WWC, CWA, NWA June 13, 1959 December 26, 2003 Cancer
44 Axl Rotten
(Brian Knighton)
ECW April 21, 1971 February 4, 2016 Drug overdose
44 Dino Bravo
(Adolfo Bresciano)
NWA, AWA, Lutte Internationale, WWF August 6, 1948 March 11, 1993 Murder[13]
44 Curt Hennig AWA, PNW, WWF/E, WCW March 28, 1958 February 10, 2003 Combined drug intoxication[13]
44 Jorge González WCW, WWF, NJPW January 31, 1966 September 22, 2010 Diabetes and severe heart issues
45 Bam Bam Bigelow
(Scott Bigelow)
CWA, WWF/E, ECW, WCW September 1, 1961 January 19, 2007 Drug overdose[49]
45 Jerry Blackwell AWA, WWWF April 26, 1949 January 22, 1995 Complications from car accident
45 Mike Davis CWA, WCCW, WCW November 2, 1956 December 26, 2001 Heart attack
45 Iron Mike DiBiase AWA, NWA December 24, 1923 July 2, 1969 Heart attack
45 Junkyard Dog
(Sylvester Ritter)
Stampede Wrestling, UWF, WWF, WCW December 13, 1952 June 2, 1998 Car accident
45 Toni Adams
(Toni Collins)
UWF, USWA August 19, 1964 June 24, 2010 Heart attack
45 Val Puccio
(Valentino Puccio)
AJPW, WWF, ECW June 9, 1965 January 7, 2011 Believed to be obesity
46 Chyna
(Joanie Laurer)
WWF, NJPW, TNA December 27, 1969 April 20, 2016 Drug overdose
46 Maximum Capacity (Michael Stanco) Independent circuit, FOW August 2, 1968 August 21, 2014 Colorectal cancer
46 Bestia Salvaje
(Juan Rodriguez)
CMLL February 11, 1962 March 20, 2008 Liver disease
46 Victor Quinones IWA June 30, 1959 April 1, 2006 Unknown
46 Argentina Apollo (Vincente Denigris) WWWF, NWA, IWA 1938 August 2, 1984 Heart attack
46 Magnificent Maurice (Eugene Dubuque) WWWF, NWA, AWA, NWA San Francisco, NWA Hawaii December 11, 1927 March 13, 1974 Plane Crash
46 Herman Hickman NWA October 1, 1911 April 25, 1958 Unknown
46 Brian Christopher
(Brian Lawler)
WWF, USWA, TNA, Memphis Wrestling January 10, 1972 July 29, 2018 Suicide by hanging
46 Tom Burton USWA, GWF, UWFi, WCW 1964 March 29, 2010 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
46 Gus Sonnenberg NWA March 6, 1898 February 18, 1961 Leukemia
46 Sam Sheppard NWA Los Angeles December 29, 1923 April 6, 1970 Liver failure
46 Chris Adams WCCW, UWF, WCW, AWF February 10, 1955 October 7, 2001 Murder
46 Road Warrior Hawk
(Michael Hegstrand)
AWA, NWA, AJPW, WWF, WCW, NJPW September 12, 1957 October 19, 2003 Heart attack[50]
46 André the Giant
(André René Roussimoff)
NWA, AWA, WWF) May 19, 1946 January 27, 1993 Congestive heart failure[51]
46 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 Hercules
(Ray Fernandez)
NWA, WWF, NJPW,WCW May 7, 1956 March 6, 2004 Heart disease
47 Man Mountain Mike
(Gary Fletcher)
NWA, AWA, WWWF September 15, 1940 April 30, 1988 Heart attack
47 Hayabusa
(Eiji Ezaki)
FMW, ECW November 29, 1968 March 3, 2016 Subarachnoid hemorrhage
47 Rosey
(Matthew Anoa'i)
WWE, HWA, WXW, ECW, AJPW April 7, 1970 April 17, 2017 Congestive heart failure[53]
47 Peter Maivia
(Pita Fanene Anderson)
NWA, WWWF April 6, 1935 June 13, 1982 Cancer
47 Big John Studd
(John Minton)
NWA, AWA, WWF, NAWA February 19, 1948 March 20, 1995 Liver cancer
47 Ludvig Borga NJPW, WWF, CWA January 6, 1963 January 8, 2010 Suicide by gunshot
47 Ángel Blanco
(José Ángel Vargas Sánchez)
EMLL August 2, 1938 April 26, 1986 Car crash
47 Bob Konovsky NWA August 19, 1934 March 6, 1982 Unknown
47 Luther Lindsay
(Luther Goodall)
NWA December 30, 1924 February 21, 1972 Heart attack (suffered during a match)
47 El Texano
(Juan Aguilar Jauregui)
WCCW, WCW, CMLL November 26, 1958 January 15, 2006 Pneumonia
48 Doc Dean
(Ian Dean)
All Star Wrestling, WCW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, European Wrestling Federation (France) July 3, 1970 August 14, 2018 Heart attack
48 Troy 'The Hippie' Graham
(Troy Rolland Thompson, Jr.)
AWA, CWA, USWA October 26, 1953 March 7, 2002 Heart attack
48 Yukon Eric
(Eric Holmback)
NWA April 16, 1916 January 16, 1965 Suicide
48 Cousin Junior
(Lanny Kean)
WWF, CWA, USWA March 19, 1960 January 13, 2009 Heart attack
48 Fuzzy Cupid
(Leon Stap)
WWWF September 24, 1928 ?, 1976 Unknown
48 Harley Saito
(Sayori Saito)
Ladies Legend Pro-Wrestling, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling December 21, 1967 December 15, 2016 Esophageal cancer
48 Mark Young
(Joe Scarpa Jr.)
WWF, WCW April 23, 1967 February 25, 2016 Unknown
48 Don Ross NWAHW October 6, 1946 June 2, 1995 Heart attack
48 Dennis Coralluzzo NWA New Jersey promoter March 5, 1953 July 21, 2001 Bleeding on the brain due to a stroke
48 Gorgeous George
(George Wagner)
NWA March 24, 1915 December 26, 1963 Heart attack
48 Ray Gunkel NWA February 15, 1924 August 1, 1972 Heart attack (suffered after a match)
48 Luna Vachon CWF, AWF, WWF, WCW, ECW January 12, 1962 August 27, 2010 Drug overdose
48 Steve Doll WWF, PNW, WCW, USWA December 9, 1960 March 22, 2009 Blood clot
49 Sheik Ali
(Wadi Ayoub)
WCW Australia and various international promotions April 20, 1927 September 29, 1976 Cancer
49 Dean Detton NWA June 27, 1908 February 27, 1958 Suicide
49 La Fiera
(Arturo Casco Hernández)
NWA, EMLL March 17, 1961 September 12, 2010 Murder
49 Kung Fu
(Raymundo Cuesta Veloz)
EMLL, UWA January 20, 1951 January 3, 2001 Arterial hypertension
49 Ray Steele NWA February 2, 1900 September 11, 1949 Heart attack
49 Piratita Morgan
(Raymundo Rodríguez)
EMLL, WWC, AAA, WWF, WWA, TNA March 15, 1969 July 8, 2018
49 Sherri Martel AWA, WWF, WCW February 8, 1958 June 15, 2007 Drug overdose
49 Dick Murdoch CWF, NWA, WWF, Mid-South/UWF August 16, 1946 June 15, 1996 Heart attack
49 Rocco Rock
(Ted Petty)
ECW, WCW, WWF September 1, 1953 September 21, 2002 Heart attack[9]
49 Jumbo Tsuruta
(Tomomi Tsuruta)
AJPW, NWA, AWA March 25, 1951 May 13, 2000 Complications of a liver transplant
49 Espectrito
(Mario Jiminez)
EMLL, AAA, WWF December 18, 1966 January 23, 2016 Unknown
49 Jack Claybourne NWA March 8, 1910 January 7, 1960 Suicide by gunshot
49 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams Mid-South/UWF, NWA, WWF, WCW, ECW May 14, 1960 December 29, 2009 Throat cancer
49 Louis Cyr
(Cyprien-Noé Cyr)
N/A October 10, 1863 November 10, 1912 Chronic nephritis
49 Grigory Verichev FMW April 4, 1957 May 25, 2006 Unknown

Under 60

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
50 Brad Armstrong WCW, NWA, NJPW, WWE June 15, 1962 November 1, 2012 Heart attack
50 Mark Starr
(Mark Ashford-Smith)
WCW, CWA, WWF December 26, 1962 June 7, 2013 Heart attack
50 Maurice Tillet NWA Tri-State October 23, 1903 September 4, 1954 Cardiovascular disease
50 Lucifer
(Tim Burke)
MEWF, IPWA, ECWA, MCW October 1, 1960 June 21, 2011 Cancer
50 Malcolm Kirk Joint Promotions, CWA, All Star Wrestling December 18, 1936 August 24, 1987 Heart attack (suffered during match)
50 Bearcat Wright
(Edward Wright)
NWA, CWC, Stampede Wrestling, CWF January 13, 1932 August 28, 1982 Sickle cell anemia
50 Villano I
(José de Jesús Díaz Mendoza)
UWA June 28, 1950 January 4, 2001 Heart attack caused by cerebral haemorrhage
51 Kerry Brown Stampede Wrestling, GPW, WWC February 3, 1958 September 10, 2009 Liver failure
51 Moondog Spot
(Larry Latham)
WWF, CWA, USWA January 6, 1952 November 29, 2003 Heart attack (suffered during match)
51 Emmanuel Yarbrough CWA September 5, 1964 December 21, 2015 Heart attack
51 Arkangel de la Muerte
(Alfredo Pasillas)
CMLL July 16, 1966 June 13, 2018 Cardiac arrest[54]
51 Giant Haystacks
(Martin Ruane)
Stampede Wrestling, CWA, AJPW, WCW October 10, 1947 November 29, 1998 Lymphoma
51 Jun Izumida AJPW October 28, 1965 January 25, 2017 Heart attack
51 Renato Gardini N/A March 20, 1889 September 29, 1940 Unknown
51 Black Cat
(Victor Manuel)
UWA, NJPW, AAA, WCW October 17, 1954 January 28, 2006 Heart attack
52 Gene Anderson
(Eugene Anderson)
AWA, GCW, MACW October 4, 1939 October 31, 1991 Heart attack
52 El Brazo
(Juan Alvarado Nieves)
WWA, AAA, UWA, CMLL July 30, 1961 October 15, 2013 Diabetes
52 Nicole Bass WWF, ECW August 10, 1964 February 17, 2017 Myocardial infarction
52 Jimmy Del Ray
(David Ferrier)
SMW, WWF, ECW, WCW November 30, 1962 December 6, 2014 Heart attack
52 Silo Sam
(John Elmo Harris)
WCCW,AWA September 12, 1952 April 19, 2005 Unknown (probably related to Gigantism)
52 Rockin' Rebel
(Charles Williams)
ECW, CZW, Independent Circuit January 13, 1966 June 1, 2018 Suicide by gunshot[55]
52 Buddy Austin
(Austin Wesley Rapes)
WWWF, NWA, JWA February 27, 1929 August 12, 1981 Heart attack
52 John Cozman Stampede Wrestling, HIW, Independent circuit August 28, 1964 November 28, 2016 Unknown
52 Doug Furnas AJPW, WWF, ECW December 11, 1959 March 2, 2012 Heart attack
52-53 Ski Hi Lee
(Robert Leedy)
Stampede Wrestling, NWA February 9, 1921 1973 or 1974 Believed to be Acromegaly
53 Mike Shaw Stampede Wrestling, WCW,WWF May 9, 1957 September 11, 2010 Heart attack
53 Ion Croitoru WWF, NJPW, SMW December 7, 1963 February 21, 2017 Unknown
53 Anibal
(Carlos Contreras)
EMLL/CMLL, UWA November 5, 1940 March 4, 1994 Brain tumor
53 Buddy Landel
(William Ensor)
CWA, IPWA, WCW, MACW, SMW, USWA, WWF August 14, 1961 June 22, 2015 Injuries from a car accident
53 Johnny Rougeau IWA Montreal, BTW June 9, 1929 May 25, 1983 Cancer
53 Curly Moe
(Donald Zalesky)
IWCCW April 3, 1962 July 1, 2015 Unknown
53 Larry O'Dea
(Larry Davies)
WCW Australia, CWF, AJPW 1944 June 30, 1997 Liver cancer
54 Angel of Death
(David Sheldon)
Stampede Wrestling, UWF, GWF, WCW July 20, 1953 November 25, 2007 Unknown
54 Jonathan Boyd
(Jonathan Barry Boyle)
WCW Australia, NWA, PNW, CWA October 21, 1944 August 7, 1999 Heart attack
54 Benny McGuire NWA, NJPW December 7, 1946 March 26, 2001 Heart attack
54 The Ultimate Warrior
(James Hellwig)
WWF, CWA, WCWA, WCW June 16, 1959 April 8, 2014 Heart attack
54 Uncle Elmer
(Stan Frazier)
CWA, WWF August 16, 1937 July 1, 1992 Diabetes
54 Jos LeDuc
(Michel Pigeon)
NWA, Lutte Internationale, AWA,WWF, CWA, CWF August 30, 1944 May 1, 1999 Lung infection
54 Lionel Conacher unknown May 24, 1900 May 26, 1954 Heart attack
54 Dory Funk, Sr. WSS, NWA, AWA, NWA St. Louis, WWWF May 4, 1919 June 3, 1973 Heart attack
54 Tommy Rogers
(Thomas Couch)
UWF, NWA, AJPW, WCW, WWF, ECW May 14, 1961 June 1, 2015 Unknown
54 Pez Whatley CWF, NWA, WWF, WCW January 10, 1951 January 18, 2005 Heart attack
55 Haystacks Calhoun
(William Dee Calhoun)
WWWF, NWA August 3, 1934 December 7, 1989 Diabetes
55 Matt Borne
(Matthew Osborne)
PNW, WCCW,UWF, WWF, WCW, ECW July 27, 1957 June 28, 2013 Drug overdose
55 Eddie Graham
(Edward Gossett)
WWWF, CWF January 15, 1930 January 21, 1985 Multiple gunshot suicide
55 Universo 2000
(Andrés Reyes González)
CMLL, AAA, IWRG April 18, 1963 May 1, 2018 Heart problems
55 Antonino Rocca
(Antonino Biasetton)
WWWF, NWA April 13, 1921 March 15, 1977 Urinary infection
55 Diane Von Hoffman
(Phyllis Burch)
USWA, CWA, LPWA, LMLW April 13, 1962 July 6, 2017 Complications form knee surgery
55 Antonio Peña
(Antonio Herrada)
founder of AAA, CMLL June 13, 1951 October 5, 2006 Heart attack
55 Timothy Well
(Timothy Smith)
AJPW, USWA, WWF, WCW September 8, 1961 January 9, 2017 Kidney failure
56 Moondog King
(Edward White)
WWF, Lutte Internationale May 18, 1949 August 26, 2005 Injuries from a car accident and health issues
56 Dave McKigney Maple Leaf Wrestling, WWWF, NWA, NJPW June 9, 1932 July 4, 1988 Car accident
56 Cowboy Lang
(Harry Lang)
NWA, WWF, AWA August 28, 1950 January 4, 2007 Complications from homelessness
56 Paul Bunyan
(Max Palmer)
NWA Mid-America, NWF November 27, 1927 May 17, 1984 Heart disease
56 Garry Robbins CNWA, GWF, NJPW, WWC September 9, 1957 December 11, 2013 Heart attack
56 Emilio Charles Jr.
(Sergio Garduño )
CMLL October 12, 1956 December 28, 2012 Kidney failure[56]
56 Kurt Von Hess
(William Terry)
NWA, Lutte Internationale, All-Star, Maple Leaf Wrestling, NJPW, WWF April 10, 1942 March 13, 1999 Heart attack
56 Ben Roller N/A July 1, 1876 April 19, 1933 Pneumonia
56 Yvon Robert NWA October 8, 1914 July 12, 1971 Heart attack
56 Buddy Rose
(Paul Perschmann)
AWA, PNW, WWF November 27, 1952 April 28, 2009 Natural causes from obesity, blood sugar and diabetes
56-57 Black Guzmán
(Miguel Guzman Huerta)
CMLL, NWA 1916 December 1, 1973 Unknown
56-57 Edwin Bibby N/A November 15, 1848 1905 Rheumatism
57 Al Green
(Alfred Dobalo)
WCW October 15, 1955 June 14, 2013 COPD
57 Brazo de Oro
(Jesús Alvarado Nieves)
CMLL, WWA, UWA, NWA Los Angeles October 7, 1959 April 28, 2017 Heart attack
57 The Grand Wizard
(Ernie Roth)
NWA, WWWF/WWF August 30, 1926 October 12, 1983 Heart attack
57 Shag Thomas
(James Thomas)
Stampede Wrestling, PNW August 11, 1924 July 25, 1982 Heart attack
57 Paddy Ryan Stampede Wrestling, PNW, NWA All-Star Wrestling August 23, 1932 December 28, 1989 Heart attack
57 Brickhouse Brown
(Frederick Seawright)
AWA, WWF, CWA, USWA August 11, 1960 July 29, 2018 Prostate cancer
57 Fred Beell N/A January 17, 1876 August 5, 1933 Murder by gunshots
57 Samson Kutsuwada JWA, AJPW May 1, 1947 October 12, 2004 Leukemia
57-58 Blimp Levy
(Martin Levy)
NWA 1903 November 8, 1961 Believed to be complications from obesity
58 Helen Hild
(Gladys Helen Nevins)
NWA, WWWF February 26, 1926 March 4, 1984 Lung infection
58 Paul Bearer
(William Moody)
WWF, CWF, WCCW, USWA, TNA April 10, 1954 March 5, 2013 Heart attack
58 Gran Apache
(Mario Balbuena González)
CMLL, AAA, IWA Japan April 16, 1959 May 7, 2017 Intestinal cancer
58 Dwaine Hoberg promoter for AWA August 17, 1925 August 6, 1984
58 Ripper Collins
(Roy Lee Albern)
NWA Hawaii, AWA, Stampede Wrestling October 10, 1933 November 12, 1991 Melanoma
58 Randy Savage
(Randall Poffo)
WWF, NWA, CWA, WCW November 15, 1952 May 20, 2011 Cardiovascular disease
58 Tarzan Tyler
(Camille Tourville)
Lutte Internationale, WWWF, CWF December 4, 1927 December 24, 1985 Car accident
58 Bulldog Bob Brown AWA, All-Star, NWA St. Louis, CSW October 16, 1938 February 5, 1997 Heart attack
58 Larry Winters ECW, TWA, Independent circuit April 14, 1956 January 27, 2015 Heart attack
59 Don Kent
(Leo Smith Jr.)
NWA, WWWF, NWA Mid-America, CWF June 24, 1933 June 7, 1993 Leukemia
59 Drew McDonald
(Charles Shaw)
All Star Wrestling, Stampede Wrestling, CWA June 16, 1955 February 9, 2015 Cancer
59 Espectro I
(Antonio Arriaga)
EMLL February 9, 1934 October 13, 1993 Unknown
59 Evan "Strangler" Lewis N/A May 24, 1860 November 9, 1919 Unknown
59 Mangla Rai N/A wrestled in India October 1916 June 24, 1976 Multiple organ failure
59 Mike Marino Joint Promotions October 8, 1921 August 24, 1981 Leukemia
59 Tony Parisi
(Antonio Pugliese)
WWWF, NWA, Lutte Internationale, MLW January 22, 1941 August 19, 2000 Heart attack
59 Tom Zenk AWA, WWF, WCW, AJPW November 30, 1958 December 9, 2017 Heart attack from arterial sclerosis and cardiomegaly
59 Ernie Holmes GCW, WWF July 11, 1948 January 17, 2008 Car accident
59 Eddie Quinn promoter for wrestling in Montreal, NWA St. Louis May 22, 1906 December 14, 1965 Cerebral hemorrhage

Under 65

Age Ring name
(Birth name)
Promotion(s) worked for Date of birth Date of death Cause of death
60 Princess Jasmine
(Cynthia Peretti)
GLOW, AWA June 2, 1948 May 8, 2009 Cancer
60 Mountain Fiji GLOW September 28, 1957 January 2, 2018 Natural causes from years of health issues
60 Rufus R. Jones
(Carey Llyod)
CSW, NWA St. Louis July 4, 1933 November 13, 1993 Heart attack
60 Emile Czaja
(Emile George Zeimes)
JWA, wrestled in various promotions in Asia and India July 15, 1909 May 16, 1970 Car accident
60 Little Beaver
(Lionel Giroux)
Lutte Internationale, WWWF, AWA, NWA April 18, 1935 December 4, 1995 Emphysema
60 Ray Stevens BTW SF, AWA, NWA, WWWF/WWF, CWF September 5, 1935 May 3, 1996 Heart attack
60 Primo Carnera NWA October 26, 1906 June 29, 1967 Liver disease and complications from diabetes
60 Sándor Szabó NWA January 4, 1906 October 16, 1966 Heart attack
60 Stan Stasiak
(George Stipich)
PNW, Stampede Wrestling, WWWF, NWA April 13, 1937 June 19, 1997 Heart failure
61 Mike Graham
(Michael Gossett)
CWF, AWA, WCW September 22, 1951 October 19, 2012 Suicide by gunshot
61 Man Mountain Dean
(Frank Leavitt)
N/A June 30, 1891 May 29, 1953 Heart attack
61 Killer Karl Krupp
(George Momberg)
ESA, GPW, WCCW, Maple Leaf Wrestling, NJPW May 13, 1934 August 24, 1995 Hepatitis
61 James McLaughlin N/A June 8, 1844 September 11, 1905 Unknown
61 Cocoa Samoa
(Ulualoaiga Emelio)
ASW, CWF, PNW, Continental Wrestling Association March 9, 1945 January 9, 2007 Unknown
61 Goldie Rogers
(David Sherwin)
ASW, MLW, Stampede Wrestling, WWF, August 5, 1950 July 20, 2012 Heart attack
61 Terry Garvin
(Terry Joyal)
GCW, IWA Montreal, CSW, NWA, SCW WWF March 1, 1937 August 17, 1998 Cancer
61 Roddy Piper
(Roderick Toombs)
AWA, PNW, GCW, MLW, WWF, WCW April 17, 1954 July 31, 2015 Heart attack from Pulmonary embolism
61 Boris Malenko
(Larry Simon)
CWF, WWWF, GCW, NWA June 28, 1933 September 1, 1994 Leukemia
61 Giant Baba
(Shohei Baba)
JWA, AJPW, NWA January 23, 1938 January 31, 1999 Cancer
61 Sapphire
(Juanita Wright)
WWF, USWA October 24, 1934 September 11, 1996 Heart attack
62 Luke Brown
(Carl Campbell)
AWA, WWWF, NWA, CSW July 28, 1935 November 12, 1997 Stroke
62 Dick the Bruiser
(William Afflis)
WWA, AWA, NWA St.Louis, CSW June 27, 1929 November 10, 1991 Internal bleeding
62 Earl Caddock N/A February 27, 1888 August 25, 1950 Heart attack during surgery
62 Crybaby Cannon
(George McCarther)
NWA, AWA, WWWF, MLW, BTW March 28, 1932 July 1, 1994 Cancer
62 Mocho Cota
(Manuel Cota Soto)
EMLL/CMLL June 5, 1954 December 22, 2016 Brain aneurysm
62 Oliver Humperdink
(John Sutton)
MACW, CWF, WWF, WCW January 16, 1949 March 20, 2011 Complications from pneumonia and cancer
62 Happy Humphrey
(William Cobb)
NWA July 16, 1926 March 14, 1989 Heart attack
62 Lord Athol Layton
(Allan Layton)
NWA, MLW, NWA St.Louis August 20, 1921 January 18, 1984 Myocardial infarction
62 Ron Slinker
(David Slinker)
CWF, NWA, IWCCW, UWF October 30, 1945 March 28, 2008 Liver failure from years of alcoholism
62 Harold Sakata
(Toshiyuki Sakata)
NWA, AWA, NWA Hawaii July 1, 1920 July 29, 1982 Liver cancer
62 Hiro Matsuda
(Yasuhiro Kojima)
JWA, CWF, WCW, NWA July 22, 1937 November 27, 1999 Prostate cancer
62 Ari Romero
(Jose Luis Arias Romero)
CMLL, MPW, BJPW December 20, 1951 December 29, 2013 Liver cancer
62 Gorilla Monsoon
(Robert Marella)
WWWF/WWF, NWA June 4, 1937 October 6, 1999 Heart failure
62 Wilbur Snyder AWA, WWA, NWA St.Louis, NWA September 15, 1929 December 25, 1991 Heart failure
62 Moondog Spike
(William Smithson)
WWF, USWA May 31, 1950 March 21, 2013 Unknown
63 Brute Bernard
(James Prudhomme)
WCW Australia, WWWF, MACW June 6, 1921 July 14, 1984 Gunshot while cleaning a rifle
63 Jack Carkeek N/A January 22, 1861 March 12, 1924 Unknown
63 Bulldog Brower
(Richard Gland)
MLW, NWA, WWWF/WWF, NWF September 17, 1933 September 15, 1997 Complications from hip surgery
63 Big Van Vader
(Leon White)
WCW, WWF, AWA, NJPW, AJPW, Pro Wrestling NOAH May 14, 1955 June 18, 2018 Heart problems
63 Mike Clancy
(Christopher Clancy)
NWA September 9, 1924 June 15, 1988 Unknown
63 Jim Neidhart WWF, Stampede, WCW, ECW, CWF, NJPW February 8, 1955 August 13, 2018 Head injury
63 Vivian St. John
(Suzanne Miller)
WWWF/WWF, CWF September 10, 1950 December 20, 2013 Long illness
63 Ken Fenelon
(Patrick Fenelon)
NWA February 26, 1909 August 8, 1972 Unknown
63 Wahoo McDaniel
(Edward McDaniel)
WWWF, NWA, WCCW, AWA June 19, 1938 April 18, 2002 Complications from diabetes and renal failure
63 Bad News Brown WWF, NJPW, Stampede Wrestling October 22, 1943 March 6, 2007 Heart attack
63 Big Bully Busick
(Nick Busick)
WWF, GAF, GWF June 1, 1954 May 8, 2018 Cancer in the Cerebrospinal Fluid
63 Jim Crockett promoter for MACW, and NWA June 2, 1909 April 1, 1973 Unknown
63 S.D. Jones
(Conrad Efraim)
WWF, MACW March 30, 1945 October 26, 2008 Stroke
64 Bobby Jaggers
(Robert Jeaudoin)
MACW, NWA, NWA St.Louis, PNW, CWF January 8, 1948 September 30, 2012 Renal failure from Hepatitis C
64 Cousin Luke WWF, AWA, CWF, MACW May 19, 1949 September 29, 2013 Multiple sclerosis and diabetes
64 Dale Lewis AWA, CWF, NWA August 29, 1933 August 30, 1997 Leukemia
64 Lizmark
(Juan Baños)
EMLL, AAA, CMLL December 18, 1950 December 16, 2015 Respiratory failure
64 Iron Mike Sharpe CWA, ASW, MSWA, WWWA, WWF October 28, 1951 January 17, 2016 Years of health issues

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