Former WWE Tough Enough winner Matt Cappotelli passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. Cappotelli’s wife, Lindsay, issued the following statement on her Facebook page:
“I’ve been struggling with what to say and how to say this and I’ll probably end up rambling, but here goes. Today my love-my strong sweet beautiful love took his last breath at 3:30 am and went Home to be with Jesus….exactly one year after his brain surgery. You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t. The only person whose comfort I want now is the one who can’t give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn’t change how much I miss him.”
Cappotelli, along with John “John Morrison” Hennigan, won the third season of WWE Tough Enough when it aired on MTV. Following his win, Cappotelli made only a few appearances on WWE TV and worked in Ohio Valley Wrestling under a WWE developmental contract.
Cappotelli was successful in fighting his disease, and it went into remission in 2007. In June of 2017, Cappotelli announced that his brain tumor had returned. The next month he was diagnosed with a grade IV GlioBlastoma Multiforme, which was determined to be terminal. Cappotelli continued to fight the disease until May of this year, when Lindsay revealed Cappotelli was discontinuing treatments.
On behalf of everyone here on eWrestlingNews.com, we send our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Matt Cappotelli. R.I.P