100 Wrestlers Who Died Before Their Time


94. Toni Adams (1964-2010) – 45 Years

Worked For: UWF, USWA, WCCW


Adams, now known as Toni Gant, was hospitalized in June 2010 due to an abscess in her abdomen. She was hospitalized again in full cardiac arrest in late June, and died on June 24, 2010.

95. Trent Acid (1980-2010) – 29 Years

Worked For: CZW, ROH, JCW

Achievements: ROH Tag Team Championship – with Johnny Kashmere, CZW Iron Man Championship, CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship (3 times), CZW Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Johnny Kashmere

On the morning of June 18, 2010, Verdi was found dead at his Philadelphia home by his mother. It was later determined that he had died because of a drug overdose.

96. The Ultimate Warrior (1959-2014) – 54 Years

Worked For: WWF, WCW

Achievements: WWF World Heavyweight Championship, WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (2 times), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2014)

Warrior died on April 8, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, appeared at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, and made his first Raw appearance in almost 18 years on April 7, the day before his death.

According to reports, Warrior clutched his chest and collapsed at 5:50 p.m. while walking to his car with his wife outside of their hotel in Arizona. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at age 54. Warrior’s colleagues said Warrior appeared frail during WrestleMania weekend, and said that he was sweating profusely and breathing heavily backstage. An autopsy revealed Warrior died when suffering a heart attack caused by atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. WWE honors his memory by giving one child the Warrior Award each year for overcoming the odds.

97. Umaga (1973-2009) – 36 Years

Worked For: WWF/E, AJPW

Achievements: WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)

On December 4, 2009, Fatu was found unresponsive with blood coming from his nose, and was rushed to the hospital. He had suffered a brain hemorrhage and was pronounced dead at around 5:00 pm Central Time.

98. Uncle Elmer (1937-1992) – 54 Years

Worked For: WWF

Achievements: AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Terry Sawyer (1), Jerry Lawler (2), and Cousin Junior (1), CWA Super Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

He suffered from diabetes and poor health as a result of his weight. These problems led to kidney failure, from which he died on July 1, 1992.

99. Vivian Vachon (1951-1991) – 40 Years

Worked For: AWA

Achievements: AWA World Women’s Championship

Vachon and her nine-year-old daughter Julie died in a car accident on August 24, 1991. They were hit by a drunk driver who had run a stop sign near St. Jean, Quebec.

100. Yokozuna (1966-2000) – 34 Years

Worked For: AWA. WWF

Achievements: WWF World Heavyweight Championship (2 times) WWF Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Owen Hart, Royal Rumble (1993), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)

On October 23, 2000, Anoaʻi died from pulmonary edema in his room at the Moat House Hotel in Liverpool, England while on an independent wrestling tour in Europe. At the time, it was widely reported that he died of heart failure or a heart attack, but this was later found to be incorrect due to his lungs showing severe signs of blockage due to fluid. Anoaʻi’s weight at the time of his death was 580 lb (260 kg).

R.I.P to all.

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