Did anyone catch the ESPN E60 documentary on professional wrestler Scott Hall the other night? We did and now we’re pretty worried about him. It seems that Hall, known by “Razor Ramon” in the WWE and Big Scott Hall in the WCW, has spent the better part of the last decade in really messed-up shape. Between drinking and drugs, he’s a shell of the Adonis he once was.
Hall’s story reminded us of a number of other wrestlers that died too young and under avoidable circumstances. Here’s a list of deceased wrestlers that we hope Hall won’t end up on.
Grappling with Death:
Eddie Guerrero: Died November 13, 2005 (age 38)
After years of alcohol and pain killer abuse, Guerrero died of heart failure in a Minneapolis hotel room. This year it was revealed that Guerrero was a client of Signature Pharmacy, an Orlando-based company under investigation for allegedly delivering steroids to athletes.
Big Boss Man: Died September 22, 2004 (age 42)
Ray Traylor- whose real-life experiences as a prison guard helped him hone his Big Boss Man character- died of a heart attack at his house in Acworth, Georgia. In 2003, after the death of Curt Henning, Traylor had noted the mounting number of wrestling deaths, only to die himself a year later.
Owen Heart: Died May 23, 1999 (age 33)
In one of the few non-drug-related deaths, Hart fell 50 feet to his demise at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena when a cable system suspending him above the ring failed or released prematurely. Some in the crowd of 16,000 assumed that the fall was staged as part of the show.
Bobby Duncum Jr.: Died January 24, 2000 (age 34)
A former college football star at the University of Texas, Duncum died in his Austin-area home after an accidental drug overdose that, according to Travis County medical examiners, included alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, Valium, and the painkiller fentanyl.
Brian Pillman: Died October 5, 1997 (age 35)
A former linebacker for the Bengals who turned pro wrestler, Flyin’ Brian Pillman was found dead in a motel room in Bloomington, Minnesota. His autopsy revealed that a previously undetected heart condition led to his death; empty vials of painkillers were also found at the scene.
Davey Boy Smith: Died May 18, 2002 (age 39)
The wrestler better known as the British Bulldog died of an enlarged heart-with evidence of microscopic scar tissue, possibly from past steroid abuse-while vacationing in British Columbia. Smith had also been a longtime user of morphine to counter the pain of a punishing back injury.
Richard Rood: Died April 20, 1999 (age 40)
In 1994 “Ravishing” Rick Rude testified that he used anabolic steroids. Five years later he was found unconscious on the bed of his Alpharetta, Georgia home after a drug overdose that medical officials said included Valium and the steroid gamma hydroxybutyrate. He later died.
Chris Benoit: Died June 24, 2007 (age 40)
Police entered Benoit's home and officers discovered the bodies of Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their seven-year old son Daniel. Over a three day period, Benoit had killed his wife and son before he hanged himself with an exercise machine.
Brian Adams: Died August 13, 2007 (age 44)
Less than two months after Benoit’s death, Brian Adams’ wife found him dead in bed. He had overdosed on a combination of painkillers, muscle relaxants, and anti-anxiety meds. An investigation later determined he had received steroids and HGH from the same pharmacy as Chris Benoit.
Lance Cade: Died August 13, 2010 (age 29)
Cade's death was ruled "accidental," stating that intoxication from mixed drugs complicated a cardiomyopathy and caused his death.
Luna Vachon: Died August 27, 2010 (age 48)
Female wrestling personality who died from an "accidental overdose of oxycodone and benzodiazepine."
Eddie Fatu: Died December 4, 2009 (Age 36)
Best known by his ring name Umaga, Fatu suffered a heart attack. The official cause of death was acute toxicity due to combined effects of hydrocodone, carisoprodol, and diazepam.