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12 Great Wrestlers That You Might Not Have Known Passed Away

It's not unusual for professional wrestlers to come and go in the blink of an eye. Careers are cut far too short for myriad reasons, whether they be injury, drug, or brain related. It's arguably one of the toughest businesses to try to even get a foot in the door, let alone have a lasting career that spans across several decades (for an example of the latter anomaly, see: The Undertaker). This rings even more true for wrestlers of today, since their fame and fortune relies solely on how well the crowd receives their individual personalities. It wasn't long ago that many wrestlers in the industry had to undergo a variety of different character paths just to keep their foot lodged in that proverbial door and after all of those characters failed to "get over" with the crowd, well, that's when the door closed, and those faces vanished entirely from our television screens.

But sometimes those faces vanish in a much more truer sense of the word. Sometimes former wrestlers disappear not only from our weekly programming routines, but also from the world as we know it, often times unbeknownst to the majority of wrestling fans.

In this list, you'll find a cast of 12 different characters that you may not have known have died, partly because of their lack of major notoriety or maybe because they kind of always flew under the radar and no one seemed to notice when they no longer made it onto television screens week in and week out. Or maybe just enough time had passed after their careers were over and since the wheels of the WWE are constantly in motion, they were no longer relevant.

But they're still real to me and I hope that this article sheds a little more light on the dark side of professional wrestling.

12 Chris Candido, 33 

via wrestler.wrestling123.com

11 Reid Flair, 25 

via heavy.com

10 Big Boss Man, 41 

via bleacherreport.com

9 Road Warrior Hawk, 46 

via salacioustark.wordpress.com

8 Sensational Sherri, 49 

via insanewrestling.blogspot.com

7 Mike Awesome, 42 

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6 Brian Pillman, 35 

via allwrestlingsuperstars.com

5 Miss Elizabeth, 42 

via adamswrestling.blogspot.com

4 Test, 33 

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3 Giant Gonzalez, 44 

via hubpages.com

2 Bam Bam Bigelow, 45 

via bleacherreport.com

1 Crash Holly, 32 

via prowrestling.wikia.com

Crash Holly was the diminutive half of the Holly Cousins, along with Bob "Hardcore" Holly. He had a successful gimmick with the fans as a 22-time Hardcore Champion, where he was responsible for the introduction of the "24/7" rule, meaning that the title was always on the line no matter where or when a challenge for the title took place. He was also given the nickname "the Houdini of Hardcore" for his ability to quickly regain the title after someone else was responsible for inflicting damage to the would-be champion. Crash would quickly scurry off backstage after a victory so that no one else could potentially challenge his newfound title reign. However, his career was cut far too short after he received divorce papers in late 2003 (after only about four years of marriage), which led to his suicide by a lethal combination of pills and alcohol. He was only 32 years old.

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