Over 25% of the wrestlers who performed in Wrestlemania VII are now dead!

  • TrentGrad

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    May 24, 2011 7:16 AM GMT
    Over one-quarter of the performers who took part in 1991's Wrestlemania VII have died, a wrestling website noted in the wake of the death of "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

    The Wrestling Observer newsletter discovered that 14 of the 51 performers at the event have died in the past 20 years, with many of the deaths attributed to drug use (link is subscription only).

    The list of wrestlers who have died since 1991 include some of the biggest stars in the sport like Savage, Andre the Giant, Miss Elizabeth and The British Bulldog. Causes of death include suicides, murder and heart attacks, some the result of years of anabolic steroid use. Savage died last week after suffering an apparent heart attack behind the wheel of his truck. His ex-wife, Miss Elizabeth, passed away after overdosing on a variety of drugs in 2003.

    Looking at the list is a sobering reminder of the realities of a make-believe sport like professional wrestling. Not all of the men and women listed played a part in their own demise; referee Joey Marella was the victim of a car crash that occurred when he was driving home from a match.


    As wrestlinginc.com points out, none of the 44 starters from the Super Bowl played in 1991 have passed away and only two of 44 boxers who held a championship belt that year are gone.

    At 58, Savage made it nearly a decade longer than some of his deceased colleagues.


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    May 24, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    Interesting, but not surprising. A lot of them become addicted to pain killers and/or other drugs (2 died of overdose). Six of the 13 died of heart attacks or heart failure, suggesting steroid use. Sad to hear.