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20 Wrestlers Who Sadly Commited Suicide

All too often it seems, success and fame inside the ring translates to something far less spectacular outside of it. The lives of professional wrestlers at times have been as dramatic as what goes on in the ring, though far more serious and tragic.

Wrestling has long been, and continues to be, one of the most popular shows on television, with a rabid and dedicated fan base following the matches and the storylines week in and week out. Wrestlers achieve great fame, branching out into film, TV, and music. For whatever reasons, these lives filled with entertainment and athleticism does not always lead to health and happiness.

Unfortunately, there are more than a handful of notable wrestlers whose lives have ended tragically. Addiction to illegal substances and alcohol is not uncommon, and neither is trouble with the law. On top of that, it’s been all too common that wrestlers have suffered mental health issues during and after their career.

It seems of late that more light is being shed on mental illness, because similar things are taking place in other sports. Former professional football and hockey players, who, like wrestlers, engage in a sport where there is a lot of physical contact and shots to the head, have been found dead at far too young an age due to apparent suicides. A common thread throughout: mental health issues.

The connections surely are far too potent to pass off as coincidence. Whatever the reasons, however, these stars are gone, but they are not forgotten. Sadly it seems this list grows year to year, with the effects of such physically activity, paired with wealth and fame, can lead to an early end.

Here are 20 most notable wrestlers who tragically took their own life. There are unfortunately many more that sadly died from drug overdoses, who will not be included as suicides, despite speculation. We don't wish to cast a negative light and speculate on those, so we will only include deaths that were confirmed to be suicides.

20 Shawn Osborne

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19 The Renegade

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18 Brain Damage

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17 Adam Firestorm

16 Skull Murphy

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15 Yukon Eric

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14 Larry Sweeney

13 Eddie Graham

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12 Mike Graham

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11 Ed Gantner

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10 Sean O’Haire

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9 Crash Holly

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8 Chris Kanyon

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7 Mike Von Erich

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6 Tojo Yamamoto

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5 Kerry Von Erich

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4 Ludvig Borga

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3 Chris Von Erich

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2 Mike Awesome

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1 Chris Benoit

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In the most disturbing case on this list, Chris Benoit not only took his own life, but the lives of two others during a tragic double murder-suicide. The decorated athlete, including a two-time world champion, was one of the greatest wrestlers of his time, one of five men in history to win both WWE and WCW Triple Crown Championships. Away from the ring, Benoit married twice, with two children from the first and a son from the second. His second wife Nancy filed for divorce and issued a restraining order, but dropped the restraining order. On June 25th, 2007, police entered the Benoit home after he missed several welfare appointments, finding the dead bodies of him, Nancy, and seven-year-old Daniel. Autopsies show that Daniel was heavily drugged before being strangled and that Benoit suffered severe brain damage, so much so that cerebrally he resembled a 85-year-old Alzheimer’s patient. All the information for this entry was taken from CBSNews.com.

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