Source: The New York Post
New York Post sportswriter Phil Mushnick has once again taken aim at WWE and company chief Vince McMahon over the staggering number of wrestlers to have died before the age of 45. He quipped in his column Sunday, "A former WWF/WWE content man wonders if, in the upcoming 1,000th episode of Raw, Vince McMahon will present a roll call of WWF/WWE TV performers who didn't live past 45. Or would that take too long?"
In the past, Mushnick has branded the professional wrestling industry, particularly WWE, as a "death mill." Although the majority of the performers died after parting ways with WWE, Mushnick attributed their premature deaths to their lifestyle while under the employ of McMahon. Other media outlets have likewise provided statistics showing the high number of wrestlers who have died young from car crashes, suicide, heart failure and steroid-related health problems.
Of individuals who appeared on Raw as a wrestler, manager or referee and died before the age of 45, the list includes the following 28 names:
* Bertha Faye
* Big Boss Man
* Brian Pillman
* "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith
* Chris Duffy
* Crash Holly
* Giant Gonzalez
* Joey Marella
* Marianna/Miss Cleavage
* Mr. Perfect
* Rad Radford
* Rick Rude
* Road Warrior Hawk
* The Executioner (a/k/a Terry Gordy)
Additionally, of individuals who competed on Raw and died between the ages of 46 and 50, the list includes the following names: "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, Ludvig Borga, Luna Vachon, Rocco Rock, Sensational Sherri and Steven Dunn.
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