Brian William Pillman (May 22, 1962 – October 5, 1997) was an American football player and professional wrestler best known for his appearances in World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation in the 1990s. Regularly updated WWE news articles, match promos & other spoilers keep you energised and updated throughout the day. On a lighter note, Pillman’s son Brian Pillman Jr has recently begun training to become a professional wrestler with the goal of continuing in his fathers footsteps. Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5 just past 1 p.m., Brian Pillman was found dead in his hotel room in Bloomington, Minn. Bruiser Brody – 1988 – Stabbed to death. I talked to Sheila and she said he was just being stubborn. The toxicology report is not back yet, but preliminary reports indicate he died of a heart attack due to a congenital defect. Bullet Bob Armstrong – 2020 – Cancer. RELATED: The Tragic Deaths of ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth Pillman ultimately died of heart disease in 1997 at just 35 years old, according to Sports Illustrated. On this day in 1993, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’. There are so many phonies and superficial people in wrestling, but he was deep, intelligent, and sensitive." The hotel manager and police found Pillman inside his hotel room, dead, with empty prescription pill bottles by his bedside. He failed a WWF drug test, but was not taken off the road. Brian passed away on October 5, 1997 at the age of 35 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Death of Brian Pillman. – Interview: Brian Pillman/Steve Austin – Cactus Jack vs. Paul Orndorff – Vader/Barbarian come out – Ricky Steamboat vs. Dustin Rhodes – Barry Windham comes out – Interview: Dustin Rhodes • Cause Of Rocky Johnson’s Death Revealed. After getting his start in Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling, Pillman quickly made his way to WCW where he became well-known for his acrobatic in-ring style. From there, his lifestyle turned down a path of escapism. Luckily for fans, such as myself, who weren’t alive or a part of the viewing audience when Pillman was in his prime now have the privilege of seeing these moments in their entirety on the WWE network. CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE PW.NET HEADLINES, CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING PRO WRESTLING EVENTS, LATEST FREE AUDIO SHOWS - CLICK TO LISTEN. Cover dated: October 11, 1997 After the Brian Pillman Death Story: Remembering the Wrestler. ago today, plus Randy Orton vs. Sheamus for WWE Title, ROH FLASHBACK: The aftermath of Joe vs. Kobashi 10 years ago today, THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE. That pain led to a reliance on pain pills, a readily available, highly addictive medicine that is used, by some estimates, by the majority of wrestlers in the major promotions today. -Jason Powell, Torch assistant editor Brian's cause of death was arteriosclerotic heart disease. "We're shocked. Brian Pillman Death. He died on October 5, 1997. If you see something that doesn't look right on this page, please do inform us using the form below: © 2017 Dead or Kicking / All Rights Reserved. When I talked to him again, he said he still wasn’t feeling good and he still missed church.