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Top 20 Professional Wrestlers Who Were Gone Too Soon

For decades, professional wrestling has been called fake and the athletes that compete inside the ring are called actors. While the latter is true and the former is true from the sense of the results being pre-determined, falling from 10 feet in the air into the ring has been proven to be dangerous for their health. Over the years, many of the most popular performers in the sport needed to retire for health reasons as a result of thousands of bumps. Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Edge immediately come to mind as three performers that needed to retire before professional wrestling fans were ready to see them go.

While Hart, Edge, and Austin were able to hang them up before they could become paralyzed, or even worse, dead, as a result of their chosen career path, dozens of other performers weren’t so lucky. The wrestling business has seen hundreds of their competitors die at an early age. Some passed away while they were still a heavy part of the wrestling business, while  in other cases, these wrestlers died after they left the spotlight, but the fact still remains that the business has seen too many of its biggest names die too soon.

Some of these wrestlers were former champions while others were on their way, but didn’t have the time to get there. Some of these athletes died from overdoses, some from unrelated illnesses, while others passed away due to complications from years of their transgressions on the road.

It was impossible to include everyone that had an impact on the wrestling business on this list, but performers like Kanyon, Doink, Art Barr, and Sherri Martel, who didn’t make this list, should still be remembered. Who are the top 20 professional wrestlers that were gone too soon?

20 Lance Cade, 29

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19 Test, 33

via listas.20minutos.es

18 Crash Holly, 32

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17 Kerry Von Erich, 33

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16 David Von Erich, 25

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15 Mike Awesome, 42

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14 Umaga, 36

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13 Bam Bam Bigelow, 45

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12 Yokozuna, 34

via profightdb.com

11 Miss Elizabeth, 42

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10 Hawk, 46

via allwrestlingsuperstars.com

9 ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, 40

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8 Eddie Gilbert, 33

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7 Mr. Perfect, 44

via allwrestlingsuperstars.com

6 British Bulldog, 39

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5 Chris Candido, 33

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4 Andre the Giant, 46

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3 Brian Pillman, 35

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2 Owen Hart, 34

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1 Eddie Guerrero, 38

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The top wrestler that died too soon was “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero. Part of the famed Guerrero wrestling family, Eddie fought his demons throughout his professional career and had turned his life around at the time of his death. Guerrero passed away in November 2005 in a hotel room. Autopsy reports showed that Guerrero passed away because of heart failure, which his wife ,Vicki, attributed to his past abuse of illegal substances and alcohol. On the day his body was found, it was rumored that Guerrero was set to win the World Heavyweight Championship from his good friend, Batista.

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