We share awesome content covering all interesting parts of the Pre-Golden Era, Golden Era, New Generation Era, Attitude Era & the early Ruthless Aggression Era. In many cases, their stage names - by which they were better known - are given rather than their real names. What separates this deceased wrestlers list from the others? The list below includes only wrestlers who have appeared on national TV and were once stars. Some of the causes of death listed above, such as “automobile accident” for example, are of course not technical causes of death – a coroner’s report would instead note this as “blunt force trauma” in most scenarios. No spam. Check out this clip of now WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg capturing the... You can watch the complete episode of WCW Pro from January 20, 1996 below: Copyright © 2020. Simply click a heading below to sort. Many WWE deaths were not even acknowledged by the company. If you wish to search the list, start typing into the search box below, just above the table – it will automatically filter your search results as you type. • Wrestling at the Chase: The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling (Larry Matysik), No spam. While some information in this list was double-checked using various wrestling websites, blogs and other “unofficial” sources, much of the data was sourced from reputable publications including obituaries, archived newspapers, the Cauliflower Alley Club, Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Greg Oliver’s fantastic Slam! • Historical Dictionary of Wrestling (John Grasso) Now for the first time, we have listed all major Old School Wrestling Stars who are no longer with us, including their date & cause of death: • Frank Gotch – December 16, 1917 – Uremic Poisoning, • “The French Angel” Maurice Tillet – August 4, 1954 – Heart Disease, • Rikidozan – December 15, 1963 – Stabbed, • Gorgeous George – December 26, 1963 – Heart Attack, • Ed “Strangler” Lewis – August 7, 1966 – Dies at Home, • George Hackenschmidt – February 19, 1968 – Dies at Home, • “Iron” Mike DiBiase – July 2, 1969 – Dies in Ring, • Skull Murphy – March 23, 1970 – Heart Attack, • Dory Funk Sr. – June 3, 1973 – Dies at Home, • The Swedish Angel – February 10, 1974 – Unknown, • Antonio Rocca – March 15, 1977 – Unknown, • Billy McGuire – July 14, 1979 – Heart Attack, • Frank Tunney – May 20, 1983 – Heart Attack, • The Grand Wizard – October 12, 1983 – Heart Attack, • El Santo – February 5, 1984 – Heart Attack, • David Von Erich – February 10, 1984 – Acute Enteritis, • Vince McMahon Sr. – May 17, 1984 – Cancer, • Argentina Apollo – August 2, 1984 – Heart Attack, • Eddie Graham – January 21, 1985 – Suicide, • Jay Youngblood – September 2, 1985 – Heart Attack, • Rick McGraw – November 1, 1985 – Heart Attack, • Gino Hernandez – February 4, 1986 – Cocaine Overdose, • Mike Von Erich – April 12, 1987 – Suicide, • “Adorable” Adrian Adonis – July 4, 1988 – Car Accident, • Bruiser Brody – July 17, 1988 – Stabbed, • “Elijah Akeem” Leroy Brown – September 6, 1988 – Heart Attack, • Leroy McGuirk – September 9, 1988 – Dies at Home, • Mildred Burke – February 18, 1989 – Stroke, • Paul Boesch – March 7, 1989 – Dies at Home, • Happy Humphery – March 14, 1989 – Heart Attack, • Haystacks Calhoun – December 7, 1989 – Diabetes, • Gory Guerrero – April 18, 1990 – Unknown, • Pat O’Connor – August 16, 1990 – Cancer, • Ed “The Bull” Gatner – December 31, 1990 – Suicide, • Vivian Vachon – August 25, 1991 – Auto Accident, • Chris Von Erich – September 12, 1991 – Suicide, • Gene Anderson – October 31, 1991 – Heart Attack, • Dick the Bruiser – November 10, 1991 – Internal Bleeding, • Buzz Sawyer – February 7, 1992 – Dies At Apartment, • “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers – June 26, 1992 – Stroke, • Andrè The Giant – January 27, 1993 – Heart Attack, • “Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich – February 18, 1993 – Suicide, • Dino Bravo – March 11, 1993 – Mafia Homicide, • Rufus R. Jones – November 13, 1993 – Heart Attack, • Larry Cameron – December 13, 1993 – Heart Attack in the ring, • “Kareem Muhammad” Ray Candy – May 23, 1994 – Heart Attack, • Joey Marella – July 4, 1994 – Auto Accident, • Boris Malenko – September 1, 1994 – Cancer, • Art Barr – November 23, 1994 – Drug-Related Cause, • Jerry “Crusher” Blackwell – January 22, 1995 – Pneumonia, • “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert – February 18, 1995 – Heart Attack, • Big John Studd – March 20, 1995 – Hodgkin’s Disease, • Little Beaver – December 4, 1995 – Emphysema, • Ray Stevens – May 3, 1996 – Heart Attack, • “Dirty” Dick Murdoch – June 15, 1996 – Heart Attack, • The Missouri Mauler – July 19, 1996 – Heart Attack, • Herb Abrams – July 23, 1996 – Drug Overdose, • “Sweet” Sapphire – September 10, 1996 – Heart Attack, • Dr. Jerry Graham – January 24, 1997 – Stroke, • Stan “The Man” Stasiak – June 12, 1997 – Heart Failure, • Jeep Swenson – August 19, 1997 – Heart Attack, • Fritz Von Erich – September 10, 1997 – Cancer, • Brian Pillman – October 5, 1997 – Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease, • Bobo Brazil – January 20, 1998 – Heart Problems, • Louie Spiccolli – February 15, 1998 – Carisopridol Overdose, • The Junkyard Dog – June 1, 1998 – Auto Accident, • The Spoiler – June 20, 1998 – Heart Failure, • Terry Garvin – August 17, 1998 – Cancer, • Giant Haystacks – November 30, 1998 – Stomach Cancer, • Sam Mushnick – December 31, 1998 – Internal Bleeding, • Giant Baba – January 31, 1999 – Bowel Cancer, • The Renegade – February 23, 1999 – Suicide, • “Ravishing” Rick Rude – April 20, 1999 – Heart Attack, • “The King of Harts” Owen Hart – May 23, 1999 – Accidental Fall, • Gorilla Monsoon – October 6, 1999 – Heart Illness, • Hiro Matsuda – November 27, 1999 – Cancer, • Bobby Duncum Jr. – January 24, 2000 – Drug Overdose, • Tomomi “Jumbo” Tsuruta – May 16, 2000 – Internal Bleeding, • Tony Parisi – August 18, 2000 – Heart Attack, • Professor Toru Tanaka – August 22, 2000 – Natural Causes, • Yokozuna – October 22, 2000 – Heart Attack, • The Blue Demon – December 16, 2000 – Heart Attack, • Benny McGuire – March 26, 2001 – Heart Attack, • Johnny Valentine – April 24, 2001 – Natural Causes, • Terry Gordy – July 16, 2001 – Heart Attack, • Dennis Coraluzzo – July 25, 2001 – Stroke, • Rhonda Singh (Bertha Faye) – July 27, 2001 – Unknown, • Chris Adams – October 7, 2001 – Shot to Death, • Helen Hart – November 4, 2001 – Organ Failure, • Russ Haas – December 15, 2001 – Heart Failure, • Mike Davis – December 25, 2001 – Heart Attack, • Mighty Igor – January 7, 2002 – Heart Failure, • Swede Hanson – February 20, 2002 – Alzheimer’s Disease, • Wahoo McDaniel – April 18, 2002 – Stroke, • Lou Thesz – April 28, 2002 – Natural Causes, • Randy “Pee Wee” Anderson (Referee) – May 7, 2002 – Natural Causes, • Big Dick Dudley – 34 May 16, 2002 – Unknown, • “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith – May 17, 2002 – Heart Attack, • Don Owen – August 1, 2002 – Natural Causes, • Rocco Rock – September 21, 2002 – Heart Attack, • “Mr.