In late '90s Attitude Era WWE, there were few forces as physically imposing as Nicole Bass, the bodybuilder-turned-enforcer whose brief career in wrestling was followed by a stint in Howard Stern's Wack Pack. On Thursday, Bass' girlfriend announced on Facebook that the former bodybuilding champion had died at the age of 52.
“A few days ago Nicole got very sick. She was brought into the hospital and they did everything they could to help her. I have been sitting here with her in the room 24/7 since she got here making sure she was being given the best possible care. Today we learned that there is nothing else that can be done."
Nicole was an amazing woman. Strong not only on the outside but inside as well. Beautiful soul and kind heart. Many people knew Nicole but few ever got close enough to know the REAL woman that she was. I got to be one of the lucky few. Not only was she my soul mate and my girlfriend but she was my best friend, my teacher and my business partner. I learned many valuable things from her and created many beautiful memories in the time we had together.
Bass came to wrestling in the late '90s after an extensive career in bodybuilding. She began with a stint in the ECW in 1998 and quickly jumped to the WWE, then called the WWF, where she spent time teamed up with Ivory and Val Venis, a wrestler whose gimmick was his huge dong. She left the promotion around 2002 after accusing fellow wrestler Steve Lombardi of sexual assault.
Bass later became a member of Howard Stern's Wack Pack, making regular appearances on the show where Stern and company would mock her for looking like a man. She last appeared on Stern's show in May 2016, when she stripped for him and some of his staff members, one of whom threw up a little bit during Bass' striptease.