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Top 15 Beloved Wrestlers You Didn't Know Were Dead

Death is an inevitable part of life. This seems all the more true in the world of professional wrestling, where drug abuse has traditionally run rampant and a physically demanding lifestyle can exact a toll that has shortened lives and led to countless tragedies of individuals taken too soon.

Some of these wrestler deaths make headlines, both for their shock value and, let's face it, the profile of the wrestler who has passed away. The deaths of The Ultimate Warrior, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and Owen Hart all sent shockwaves around the world, spawning countless tributes and the release of sordid details surrounding their demise. However, whether fair or unfair, not all wrestler deaths are created equal.

The trend of grapplers meeting their untimely demise, an alarming concern that helped inspire WWE to implement their Wellness Policy drug intervention program, has tragically become so regular that some deceased superstars get lost in the shuffle. In some cases, a wrestler's death is washed away from the public consciousness soon after their "In Memoriam" slide briefly appears on WWE TV. That is, if they're even fortunate enough to be in good enough standing with WWE to warrant an "In Memoriam" tribute.

Here are 15 superstars whose deaths may have flown under the radar, including some you may not even realize have passed away.

15 15. Sean O'Haire 

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14 14. Lance Cade 

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13 13. Mike Awesome 

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12 12. Umaga 

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11 11. Sensational Sherri 

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10 10. Mabel 

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9 9. Test 

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8 8. Giant Gonzalez 

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7 7. Bam Bam Bigelow 

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6 6. The Big Boss Man 

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5 5. Crash Holly 

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4 4. The British Bulldog 

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3 3. "Ravishing" Rick Rude 

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2 2. Yokozuna 

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1 1. Doink the Clown 

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Every few years, WWE continues to trot out Doink the Clown as a nostalgic nod to the gimmick's popular run in the 90s. However, don't be fooled by the man behind the face paint. The real, original Doink has, sadly, passed away. Matt Osborne played Doink in his original form as a villainous, prank-playing clown who engaged in feuds with wrestlers like Crush and Bret Hart. Fired for drug problems, Osborne reprised the role of Doink for the WrestleMania X-Seven Gimmick Battle Royal and on Raw's 15th Anniversary show in 2007. He died in 2013 of what was deemed to be an accidental overdose on morphine and hydrocodone.

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