List of All Old School Wrestling Stars Who Passed Away & Their Cause of Death


List of All Old School Wrestling Stars Who Passed Away & Their Cause of Death
List of All Old School Wrestling Stars Who Passed Away & Their Cause of Death

Unfortunately a lot of our Childhood Heroes have already passed away, some as old men/women, some way too young.

Regardless of how old you are, whether you started watching Professional Wrestling during the Glory Days of the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, the Golden Era (1983-1992), The New Generation Era (1993-1997), The Attitude Era (1997-2001) or The Ruthless Aggression Era (2002-2007), it doesn’t matter, somewhere along the line all of you have heard about the passing of various Professional Wrestling Superstars.

Now for the first time, we have listed all major Old School Wrestling Stars who are no longer with us, including their date & cause of death:


• Frank Gotch – December 16, 1917 – Uremic Poisoning

• “The French Angel” Maurice Tillet – August 4, 1954 – Heart Disease

• Rikidozan – December 15, 1963 – Stabbed

• Gorgeous George – December 26, 1963 – Heart Attack

• Ed “Strangler” Lewis – August 7, 1966 – Dies at Home

• George Hackenschmidt – February 19, 1968 – Dies at Home

• “Iron” Mike DiBiase – July 2, 1969 – Dies in Ring

• Skull Murphy – March 23, 1970 – Heart Attack

• Dory Funk Sr. – June 3, 1973 – Dies at Home

• The Swedish Angel – February 10, 1974 – Unknown

• Antonio Rocca – March 15, 1977 – Unknown

• Billy McGuire – July 14, 1979 – Heart Attack

• Peter Maivia – June 13, 1982 – Cancer

• Frank Tunney – May 20, 1983 – Heart Attack

• The Grand Wizard – October 12, 1983 – Heart Attack

• El Santo – February 5, 1984 – Heart Attack

• David Von Erich – February 10, 1984 – Acute Enteritis

• Vince McMahon Sr. – May 17, 1984 – Cancer

• Argentina Apollo – August 2, 1984 – Heart Attack

• Eddie Graham – January 21, 1985 – Suicide

• Jay Youngblood – September 1, 1985 – Heart Attack

• Rick McGraw – November 1, 1985 – Heart Attack

• Gino Hernandez – February 4, 1986 – Cocaine Overdose

• Mike Von Erich – April 12, 1987 – Suicide

• “Adorable” Adrian Adonis – July 4, 1988 – Car Accident

• Bruiser Brody – July 17, 1988 – Stabbed

• Leroy Brown – September 6, 1988 – Heart Attack

• Leroy McGuirk – September 9, 1988 – Dies at Home

• Mildred Burke – February 18, 1989 – Stroke

• Paul Boesch – March 7, 1989 – Dies at Home

• Happy Humphery – March 14, 1989 – Heart Attack

• Haystacks Calhoun – December 7, 1989 – Diabetes

• Gory Guerrero – April 18, 1990 – Unknown

• Pat O’Connor – August 16, 1990 – Cancer

• Ed “The Bull” Gatner – December 31, 1990 – Suicide

• Vivian Vachon – August 25, 1991 – Auto Accident

• Chris Von Erich – September 12, 1991 – Suicide

• Gene Anderson – October 31, 1991 – Heart Attack

• Dick the Bruiser – November 10, 1991 – Internal Bleeding

• Buzz Sawyer – February 7, 1992 – Dies At Apartment

• “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers – June 26, 1992 – Stroke

• Uncle Elmer – June 30, 1992 – Diabetes

• Andrè The Giant – January 27, 1993 – Heart Attack

• “Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich – February 18, 1993 – Suicide

• Dino Bravo – March 11, 1993 – Mafia Homicide

• Rufus R. Jones – November 13, 1993 – Heart Attack

• Larry Cameron – December 13, 1993 – Heart Attack in the ring

• Joey Marella – July 4, 1994 – Auto Accident

• Boris Malenko – September 1, 1994 – Cancer

• Art Barr – November 23, 1994 – Drug-Related Cause

• Jerry “Crusher” Blackwell – January 22, 1995 – Pneumonia

• “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert – February 18, 1995 – Heart Attack

• Big John Studd – March 20, 1995 – Hodgkin’s Disease

• Little Beaver – December 4, 1995 – Emphysema

• Ray Stevens – May 3, 1996 – Heart Attack

• “Dirty” Dick Murdoch – June 15, 1996 – Heart Attack

• The Missouri Mauler – July 19, 1996 – Heart Attack

• Herb Abrams – July 23, 1996 – Drug Overdose

• “Sweet” Sapphire – September 10, 1996 – Heart Attack

• Dr. Jerry Graham – January 24, 1997 – Stroke

• Stan “The Man” Stasiak – June 12, 1997 – Heart Failure

• Jeep Swenson – August 19, 1997 – Heart Attack

• Fritz Von Erich – September 10, 1997 – Cancer

• Brian Pillman – October 5, 1997 – Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

• Bobo Brazil – January 20, 1998 – Heart Problems

• Louie Spiccolli – February 15, 1998 – Carisopridol Overdose

• The Junkyard Dog – June 1, 1998 – Auto Accident

• The Spoiler – June 20, 1998 – Heart Failure

• Terry Garvin – August 17, 1998 – Cancer

• Giant Haystacks – November 30, 1998 – Stomach Cancer

• Sam Mushnick – December 31, 1998 – Internal Bleeding

• Giant Baba – January 31, 1999 – Bowel Cancer

• The Renegade – February 23, 1999 – Suicide

• “Ravishing” Rick Rude – April 20, 1999 – Heart Attack

• “The King of Harts” Owen Hart – May 23, 1999 – Accidental Fall

• Gorilla Monsoon – October 6, 1999 – Heart Illness

• Hiro Matsuda – November 27, 1999 – Cancer

• Bobby Duncum Jr. – January 24, 2000 – Drug Overdose

• Tomomi “Jumbo” Tsuruta – May 16, 2000 – Internal Bleeding

• Gordon Solie – July 27, 2000 – Cancer

• Tony Parisi – August 18, 2000 – Heart Attack

• Professor Toru Tanaka – August 22, 2000 – Natural Causes

• Yokozuna – October 22, 2000 – Heart Attack

• The Blue Demon – December 16, 2000 – Heart Attack

• Benny McGuire – March 26, 2001 – Heart Attack

• Johnny Valentine – April 24, 2001 – Natural Causes

• Terry Gordy – July 16, 2001 – Heart Attack

• Dennis Coraluzzo – July 25, 2001 – Stroke

• Rhonda Singh (Bertha Faye) – July 27, 2001 – Unknown

• Chris Adams – October 7, 2001 – Shot to Death

• Helen Hart – November 4, 2001 – Organ Failure

• Russ Haas – December 15, 2001 – Heart Failure

• Mighty Igor – January 7, 2002 – Heart Failure

• Swede Hanson – February 20, 2002 – Alzheimer’s Disease

• Wahoo McDaniel – April 18, 2002 – Stroke

• Lou Thesz – April 28, 2002 – Natural Causes

• Randy “Pee Wee” Anderson (Referee) – May 7, 2002 – Natural Causes

• Mass Transit – May 14, 2002 – Unknown

• Big Dick Dudley – 34 May 16, 2002 – Unknown

• “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith – May 17, 2002 – Heart Attack

• Rocco Rock – September 21, 2002 – Heart Attack

• “Mr. Wrestling” Tim Woods – November 30, 2002 – Heart Attack

• “The Original Sheik” Ed Farahat – January 18, 2003 – Natural Causes

• “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig – February 10, 2003 – Drug Overdose

• Sailor Art Thomas – March 20, 2003 – Cancer

• Miss Elizabeth – May 1, 2003 – Drug Overdose

• “Classie” Freddie Blassie – June 2, 2003 – Natural Causes

• Pitbull #2 – September 26, 2003 – Drug Overdose

• Stu Hart – October 16, 2003 – Pneumonia

• Road Warrior Hawk – October 19, 2003 – Heart Attack

• Crash Holly – November 6, 2003 – Asphyxiation

• Moondog Spot – November 29, 2003 – Heart Attack

• The Wall – December 5, 2003 – Heart Attack

• Jack Tunney – January 24, 2004 – Natural Causes

• Hercules Hernandez – March 6. 2004 – Heart Attack

• Dr. Wagner Sr. – September 12, 2004 – Heart Attack

• Jim Barnett (Promoter) – September 17, 2004 – Cancer and Pneumonia

• The Big Boss Man – September 22, 2004 – Heart Attack

• “Pistol” Pez Whatley – January 18, 2005 – Heart Failure

• “Skip” Chris Candido – April 28, 2005 – Blood Clot after Surgery

• Lord Alfred Hayes – July 21, 2005 – Stroke

• Ed “Sailor” White (Moondog King) – August 25, 2005 – Unknown

• The Crusher (Reggie Lisowski) – October 22, 2005 – Natural Causes

• Eddie Guerrero – November 13, 2005 – Heart Failure

• “Hail” Emory Hale – January 29, 2006 – kidney failure

• Johnny Grunge – February 16, 2006 – sleep apnea

• “Earthquake” John Tenta – June 7, 2006 – Bladder Cancer

• Bob Orton Sr. – July 14, 2006 – Heart Attack

• Sputnik Monroe – November 2, 2006 – Natural Causes

• Dennis “Tiger” Conway, Sr. – November 13, 2006 – Massive Stroke

• Don Jardine (The Original Spoiler) – December 16, 2006 – Complications of Heart Attack and Leukemia

• Bam Bam Bigelow – January 19, 2007 – Drug Overdose

• Mike Awesome – February 17, 2007 – Suicide

• Bad News Brown – March 6, 2007 – Heart Attack

• Ernie “The Cat” Ladd – March 10, 2007 – Cancer

• Arnold Skaaland – March 13, 2007 – Natural Causes

• Sensational Sherri Martel – June 15, 2007 – Pain Killer overdose

• Nancy Benoit (Woman) – June 22, 2007 – Strangulation

• Chris Benoit – June 24, 2007 – Suicide

• John Kronus – July 18, 2007 – heart failure

• Brian “Crush” Adams – August 13, 2007 – Drug Overdose

• The Missing Link – August 16, 2007 – Died from cancer

• Fabulous Moolah – November 3, 2007 – Natural Causes

The list continues on the NEXT PAGE!!!


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