The Wrestling Observer had an interesting piece on premature deaths in the wrestling business following the death of “Macho Man” Randy Savage on Friday.
Of the 51 stars who appeared at Wrestlemania VII in 1991, 14 have died prematurely for one reason or another:
The Texas Tornado (Kerry Von Erich): 33, suicide
Dino Bravo: 44, murdered
Andre the Giant: 46, heart failure
Joey Marella: 31, car accident
"The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith: 39, heart attack
Mr. Perfect: 44, drug overdose
Miss Elizabeth: 42, drug overdose
Hawk: 46, heart attack
Hercules: 47, heart disease
Big Boss Man: 41, heart attack
Earthquake: 42, bladder cancer
Sensational Sherri: 49, drug overdose
Crush: 44, unknown causes
Savage: 58, car accident
To put this in perspective, wrestlinginc.com, has compared the deaths in wrestling to other harsh lifestyles in sports. Out of the 44 football players who played in Super Bowl XXV between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants, all are still alive.
For professional boxing, of the 44 boxers to hold a major world championship in 1991 (WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO), two are dead, according to the site.
Savaged died at the age of 58 after he crashed his Jeep into a tree in Florida. His brother told TMZ that he suffered a heart attack right before crashing. An autopsy has been performed but has not indicated the exact cause of death, according to Tampa Bay Online. It will be a few more weeks before toxicology reports come back.