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February is Nat'l Heart Month

posted Feb 17, 2018, 6:55 AM by Wrestling Scout
Cardiovascular disease can manifest itself in many ways and has many causes.  There is always the issue of genetics, but pro-wrestlers are notorious for a lifestyle full of risk factors.  Once athletic and active 
pro-wrestlers are worn down by injuries and become less active, they are prime targets for heart disease.  The generation that drank, smoked and had terrible diets on the road, ran into health problems later in life.  There is also that generation that used cocaine, sleeping pills and painkillers to survive the brutal road schedule, which saw its fair share of deaths.  The years of steroid abuse that led to a number of enlarged hearts and subsequent premature deaths was staggering until just a few years ago.

Los Gringos Locos both succumbed to heart attacks
 brought on by years of substance abuse.
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Gary Albright (1963-2000) 
Bad News Allen (1943-2007)
Gene Anderson (1933-1991)  
Andre the Giant (1946-1993) 
Mitsu Arakawa (1927-1997) 
Buddy Austin (1930-1981) 

Art Barr (1966-1994) 
Sandy Barr 
Big Bossman (1963-2004) 
Big Daddy (1930-1997) 
Chief Big Heart 
Blue Demon (1922-2000) 
Paul Boesch (1912-1989)
Bill Bowman
Bobo Brazil (1923-1998)  
Jack Brisco (1941-2010) 
Bulldog Brower (1933-1997) 
Bulldog Bob Brown (1938-1997) 
Jim Browning* (1908-1936)

Larry Cameron 
Edouard Carpentier (1926 - 2010) 
Donna Christianello (1942-2011) 
Eddy Cretchman 

Dream Machine 
Rudy Dusek (1901-1971)
J.C. Dykes 

Ray Eckert (1917-1996) 
Espanto #2 (1932-2013)
Jackie Fargo (1928-2013)
Gorilita Flores 
French Angel (1903-1954) 
Buddy Fuller* (1925-1996)
Dory Funk, Sr. (1919-1973) 

Tony Galento (1910-1979) 
Gorgeous George (1915-1963) 
Eddie Gilbert (1961-1995) 
Terry Gordy (1961-2001)
Dr. Jerry Graham (1921-1997) 
Crazy Luke Graham (1940-2006) 
The Grand Wizard (1929-1983) 
Nick Gulas 
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Eddy Guerrero (1967-2005) 

Hard Boiled Haggerty (1925-2004) 
Gary Hart (1942 - 2008) 
Betty Jo Hawkins 
Hercules (1956-2004)

Rufus R. Jones (1933-1993)
 
Kalmikoffs (Ivan & Karol) 
Wally Karbo 
Duke Keomuka (1921-1991) 
Lou Klein 
Killer Karl Kox (1931 - 2011) 
Kung Fu (1951-2001)
Both of the Kalimikoffs died from heart failure,
although more than 30 years apart. 
Lord Athol Layton 
Jimmy Lennon 
Little Tokyo 
Jim Londos (1897 - 1975) 

Balls Mahoney
Man Mountain Dean (1891-1953) 
Tex McKenzie** (1930-2001)
Mighty Igor (1931-2002)
Bill Miller (1927 - 1997) 
Missouri Mauler (1931-1996) 
Ray Mendoza (1929 - 2003) 
Gorilla Monsoon (1937-1999) 
Dick Murdoch (1946-1996) 
Skull Murphy (1930-1970)

Lou Newman 

Bob Orton, Sr. (1929-2006) 

Tony Parisi
Antonio Peña (1951-2006)
Nat Pendleton 
John Pesek (1894 - 1978) 
Brian Pillman (1962-1997) 
Karl Pojello 

Huracán Ramírez (1926-2006)
Buck Robley (1942-2013) 
Rocco Rock (1953-2002)
Buddy Rogers (1921-1992) 
Nelson Royal (1931-2002) 
Rick Rude (1958-1999)
Tony Rumble 
Irish Paddy Ryan 

Doc Sarpolis
Dutch Savage (1935-2013) 
Mike Shaw (1957-2010) 
Sheik (1926-2003) 
Roy Shire (1921-1992) 
Sky Low Low 
Davey Boy Smith (1962-2002) 
Dara Singh (1928-2012) 
Stan Stasiak (1937-1997) 
Ray Steele (1900-1949) 
Ray Stevens (1935-1996)
Eddie Sullivan 

Toru Tanaka (1930-2000) 
Shag Thomas** (1924-1982) 
John Tolos (1930-2009) 

Ultimate Warrior (1957-2014) 

Rolando Vera (1915-2001) 
Viscera 

Dr. Wagner (1936-2004) 
Chief War Eagle 
Whipper Watson (1916-1990) 
Saul Weingeroff (1919-1988) 
Pez Whatley (1951-2005) 
Orig Williams 
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Jay Youngblood (1955-1985)
Yokozuna (1966-2000) 

(Kareem Muhammad & 
Elijah Akeem) 


The two members of the Zambuie Express both died of heart attacks.
Elijah Akeem (Leroy Brown) in 1988 and Kareem Muhammad (Ray Candy) in 1994.
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