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March 22, 2011

Professional wrestling manager Oliver Humperdink dies aged 62

Professional wrestling manager Oliver Humperdink dies aged 62

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Humperdink worked for several companies including World Wrestling Federation

US professional wrestling manager Oliver Humperdink has died at the age of 62. Humperdink, whose real name was John Sutton died overnight at a hospice in Minneapolis. Humperdink was diagnosed with bladder cancer earlier in the year and died after complications with pneumonia. During his career he worked within several wrestling companies including World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, and Florida Championship Wrestling.

Humperdink’s career spanned over three decades during which he managed wrestlers such as Greg Valentine, Bam Bam Bigalow, and The New Wild Samoans. He started his career within wrestling doing jobs such as ring security and ushering the wrestlers to the entrance. After establishing a relationship with some of the wrestlers he became the manager of The Hollywood Blonds tag team during the 1960’s.

After working in several other wrestling promotions he joined the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980’s where became the manager of Bam Bam Bigalow. During a 2007 interview to Slam! Wrestling after Bigalow’s death he said “I had a good time with Bam Bam. We were so busy. We were doing two shows on Saturday and two on Sunday, coast to coast.” After he left the WWF he joined World Championship Wrestling but retired soon after.

Tributes have been paid to Humperdink, wrestling manager Paul Bearer tweeted “Legendary Pro Wrestling Manager, and my friend Oliver Humperdink passed away during the night. May his soul rest in the arms of our Lord.”



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September 28, 2010

Former professional wrestler Giant González dies aged 44

Former professional wrestler Giant González dies aged 44

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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González wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation in 1993

Former Argentine professional wrestler and basketball player Jorge ‘Giant’ González has died at the age of 44. González died in his hometown of San Martin, Argentina. The cause of death was established to be complications of diabetes. González had suffered with the illness for several years and was wheelchair bound.

Standing over 7.5 feet (2.3 metres) tall, González was originally a basketball player before becoming a wrestler. Upon moving to the United States, he was drafted in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. After his basketball career ended, he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW). During his time there, he wrestled as El Gigante for two years, then joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

During his time with the WWF, González feuded with The Undertaker. He debuted at the 1993 Royal Rumble where he eliminated Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match. He spent the entire of his time at with the WWF feuding with Undertaker and left the company in July 1993 after losing a Rest in Peace match to him. After leaving the company, he wrestled in Japan before retiring in 1995 after suffering from sciatic nerve pain.

González is the latest in a line of former WWE wrestlers to die in the last two months. In August, both Lance Cade and Luna Vachon passed away, while Mike ‘Bastion Booger’ Shaw died at the age of 53 earlier this month.



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September 14, 2010

American professional wrestler Mike \”Bastion Booger\” Shaw dies aged 53

American professional wrestler Mike “Bastion Booger” Shaw dies aged 53

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Shaw wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1993 to 1994

Former professional wrestler Mike Shaw has died at the age of 53. His death was announced by a family friend. Shaw was most famously known for his time with the the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as Bastion Booger. The cause of death was announced as a heart attack.

During the course of Shaw’s wrestling career he had several gimmicks including Makhan Singh, Friar Ferguson, and Norman the Lunatic, although Shaw is most famously remembered for his gimmick of the Bastion Booger, an overweight man with bad hygiene. After working for local wrestling promotions and World Championship Wrestling, Shaw joined the WWF. Bastion Booger was one of his gimmicks while wrestling for the WWF.

In an interview with wrestling journalist Scott Teal in 1998, Shaw said “I think the Booger character would have worked if it got over as a heel, but my heart wasn’t into it. I didn’t like the character. I didn’t like the outfit. Don’t get me wrong. I was happy to be in the WWF. It was something I wanted to do my whole career. I made a good living there.”

After leaving the WWF, Shaw retired from active wrestling. Thereafter he ran his own wrestling school. He made an appearance on WWE Raw on December 10, 2007 to take part in the show’s fifteenth anniversary.

Shaw is survived by his wife and two children.



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August 29, 2010

Canadian professional wrestler Luna Vachon dies aged 48

Canadian professional wrestler Luna Vachon dies aged 48

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Former professional wrestler and manager Luna Vachon has died at the age of 48. The cause of death was not announced. Vachon wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly World Wrestling Federation between 1993 and 2000.

At the time of her death, the Canadian-born Vachon was living with her mother in Florida after a fire at her house destroyed all of her possessions including her wrestling memorabilia. Her death was announced by family and friends.

Vachon wrestled for several wrestling promotions including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling and the now defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling. As well as performing as a wrestler, she also appeared as a manager for several superstars. After appearing for the WWF on and off between 1993 and 2000 Vachon was released from her contract.

Former employers World Wrestling Entertainment posted a statement about the death of Vachon on their website. They said “World Wrestling Entertainment has been made aware of the passing of Gertrude (Luna) Vachon. WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Vachon family. Ms. Vachon was under contract with WWE at various times from 1993 through 2000, and performed under the name ‘Luna’ Vachon. She last performed for WWE in early 2000.”

Fellow wrestlers also paid tribute to Luna. Tommy Dreamer said “Luna was the first Queen of Extreme. My first manager. Luna passed away on the night of two moons. Pretty unique just like her. Strong woman.” Dustin “Goldust” Runnels commented that “Luna was as freaky as me…maybe even more…love her and will miss her…hopefully she’s in a better place.”

Vachon’s death has come shortly after the death of former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler Lance Cade who died at the age of 29.



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August 14, 2010

US professional wrestler Lance Cade dies aged 29

US professional wrestler Lance Cade dies aged 29

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cade performing in 2007

US professional wrestler and former World Wrestling Entertainment star Lance Cade has been found dead at the age of 29. The cause of death was announced by Cade’s father as apparent heart failure.

Cade, whose real name is Lance McNaught was trained by former world champion Shawn Michaels and made his professional debut in 1999. After working in Japan, Cade signed with World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest wrestling promotion in the United States.

In 2003 Cade made his first appearance on television and teamed with Mark Jindrak. After one year the team split and Cade was tagged with another wrestler. With Trevor Murdoch, Cade won the World Tag Team Championship three times in as many years.

After five years in the company Cade was released from his contract in October 2008. He was later re-hired in 2009 but again released the next year.

World Wrestling Entertainment released a statement on the death Cade through its website. It read “World Wrestling Entertainment was informed Friday morning by Lance McNaught’s father that he has passed away of apparent heart failure. WWE extends its deepest condolences to the McNaught family”

Tributes were also made by fellow wrestlers. Former Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy and WWE legend Mick Foley paid tributes to Cade.



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December 5, 2009

Professional wrestler Eddie Fatu dies age 36

Professional wrestler Eddie Fatu dies age 36

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Eddie “Umaga” Fatu earlier this year.

Professional wrestler Eddie Fatu, who wrestled in for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has died at the age of 36. Fatu died of a heart attack while on life support at a Texas hospital. He is reported to have fallen asleep while watching television at home, his wife found him unresponsive several hours later and rushed him to hospital.

Originally from Samoa, Fatu came from the Anoa’i wrestling family and was the cousin of former World Heavyweight wrestling champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. During his career he worked for several companies. His latest stint was with World Wrestling Federation in which he held their Intercontinental championship. During his time he headlined Wrestlemania, the biggest wrestling event of the year and tried for the heavyweight championship.

He was released in June of this year after failing a drug test and refusing to go to rehab. After his release he wrestled in Total Nonstop Action and All Japan.

His former employers, WWE released a statement saying “WWE would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu’s family, friends and fans on his tragic passing. Mr. Fatu was under contract with WWE at various time periods and most recently performed under the name “Umaga.” Mr. Fatu’s contract was terminated on June 11, 2009”.



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October 16, 2009

World Wrestling Entertainment heir Shane McMahon resigns from the company

World Wrestling Entertainment heir Shane McMahon resigns from the company

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Predicted heir to World Wrestling Entertainment Shane McMahon has announced he will leave the company on January 1, 2010. McMahon is the son of current owner Vincent K. McMahon and the current Executive Vice President of Global Media for the company. With the departure of Shane, it will be the first time that a male heir will not take over the company when Vince retires.

Shane announced his resignation on WWE.com earlier today saying, “It is with great sadness that I announce my resignation from the WWE, effective January 1, 2010.” He mentioned how he “never even considered a future outside the walls of the WWE.” He continued to thank his father and superstars of today and the past. According to Shane, he resigned because it was his “to pursue outside ventures.”

World Wrestling Entertainment released an official statement responding to Shane’s announcement. Current owner and Shane’s father Vince McMahon said, “Even though I am personally saddened by Shane’s decision to leave the company, I am proud of the enormous contributions he has made. He will unquestionably bring passion, commitment and extensive business experience to any endeavour he pursues.”

Shane was the fourth generation to World Wrestling Entertainment. He is the son of Vincent K. McMahon, the grandson of Vincent J. McMahon and the great-grandson of Jess McMahon. He has two sons who are considered the fifth generation.



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October 15, 2009

WWE Hall of Fame manager Captain Lou Albano dies at 76

WWE Hall of Fame manager Captain Lou Albano dies at 76

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Albano managed several wrestlers including The Iron Sheik

Legendary wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano has died at the age of 76. Albano reached fame in the 1970s and 80’s during his time with the WWWF, later the WWF and WWE. Albano died while under hospice care at his New York home.

During his career as a manager he managed several wrestlers and tag teams including Don Muraco, Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik and the Wild Samoans as well as several others. Throughout his career as a manager he managed over 50 wrestlers and guided them to two dozen championships. Before becoming a full time manager Albano was a wrestler himself even winning the WWF United States Tag Team Championship with Tony Altimore in 1967. Albano retired in 1996.

Outside of wrestling Albano appeared in several films and music videos. He played Cyndi Lauper’s father in her video “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” as well as three more of Lauper’s videos. His appearance in her videos caused WWF owner Vince McMahon to create the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection.

He also played Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! along side Danny Wells.

Albano was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, the same year as wrestlers he managed Pat Paterson and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.



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September 12, 2009

Former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy arrested on major drug charges

Former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy arrested on major drug charges

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Former WWE and TNA superstar Jeff Hardy

Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Jeff Hardy has been arrested on five major drug charges. The former WWE Champion’s home was searched by police and they seized 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine and other items of drug paraphernalia. The estimated street value of the drugs is $2,500.

Hardy’s charges are listed as “felony trafficking in opium, two counts of felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, felony maintaining a dwelling to keep controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.”

It is believed that Hardy is now back at his North Carolina home and his brother, fellow World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Matt Hardy, posting the $125,000 bail.

The superstar released a statement on his Twitter page saying “A lot of exaggerations are out there today, don’t believe everything you read 4 it is not true, I am at home and fine-thanks for your concern.”

Hardy only left the WWE two weeks ago when he lost a “Loser leaves WWE” match against CM Punk. During his tenure at WWE he was often surrounded by both controversy and personal issues. He was released in 2003 with him saying it was a “mutual decision” He returned in 2006 but was suspended twice for violations to the WWE wellness program. He also had a stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he was suspended and later released for missing shows.

Hardy’s arrest comes less than a week after former WWE and WCW superstar Sean O’Haire was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery and criminal trespass.



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July 23, 2009

65-year-old woman arrested over the death of two Mexican wrestlers

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

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A 65 year old woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two Mexican midget wrestlers. Brothers Alejandro and Alberto Perez Jimenez were found dead in their hotel room in Mexico City, Mexico. The brothers’ drinks had been spiked with a fatal dose of eye drops and the pair were robbed.

The mini wrestlers entered their hotel room with two women. Later, surveillance cameras recorded the two women leaving the hotel alone. The police traced and arrested one of the female suspects by way of a stolen cell phone that belonged to the wrestlers. Police are still searching for the second woman.

Alejandro and Alberto wrestled on the Lucha Mini Wrestling circuit. The pair fought under the names El Espectrito II and La Parkita, known as “The Little Ghost” and “Little Death”.

The female suspect admits meeting the wrestlers but denies poisoning them.


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