One in four wrestlers in Wrestlemania VII have died
Death of Randy
The death of "Macho Man" Randy Savage in a traffic accident last week has cast a pall over the life expectancy of professional wrestlers. A wrestling Web site has since noted that one-quarter of the performers who took part in 1991's Wrestlemania VII have since died.
The death of Macho Man Randy Savage has called attention to other professional wrestlers who participated in Wrestlemania VII that have also since passed on.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Wrestling Observer newsletter has noted that 14 of the 51 performers at the event have died in the past 20 years. While the athletes have succumbed in numerous ways, many of the deaths have been attributed to drug use.
In addition to Savage, the roster of wrestlers who have died since 1991 include Andre the Giant, Miss Elizabeth and The British Bulldog. Causes of death include suicides, murder and heart attacks, some the result of years of anabolic steroid use.
Savage died last week after suffering an apparent heart attack behind the wheel of his truck. His ex-wife, Miss Elizabeth, passed away after overdosing on a variety of drugs in 2003.
The list is a sobering reminder of the realities of a make-believe sport like professional wrestling. The list also includes referee Joey Marella, who died of a car crash that occurred when he was driving home from a match.
None of the 44 starters from the Super Bowl played in 1991 have passed away and only two of 44 boxers who held a championship belt that year are gone.
At 58, Savage made it nearly ten years longer than some of his deceased colleagues.
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