PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS WHO DIED AS A DIRECT RESULT FROM DRUG ADDICTION
Imagine the excitement of boys and girls across America when they get to see their favorite superstars swing across the ropes and enter a heart-pounding match. For decades, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has served as a gateway for sports entertainment, film, and additional media and has produced some of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Thanks to WWE, names like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Hulk Hogan, John Cena, and Dave Bautista have pretty much become a part of our vocabulary. Still, behind the spotlights and cheers, the men and women of the WWE are humans just like the rest of us and have (unfortunately) suffered from severe forms of addiction. Even more tragic, some of them have lost their lives to this degenerative disease. Let’s take a closer look at three professional wrestlers who died as a direct result of drug addiction.
Miss Elizabeth (1960-2003)
Fans of the Savage-Hogan era of WWE will recognize this lady as one of the most beautiful women in the company’s history. During the height of her career, Miss Elizabeth was married to wrestling icon Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and their romantic relationship was a powerhouse love story for many fans of WWE during this time. However, while Elizabeth was presented as gentle and sweet, she was facing a horde of demons outside the ring, including addiction to alcohol and drugs. After divorcing Savage, she entered a relationship with Lex Luger and entered a tailspin of controversies. Sometime later, in 2003, Miss Elizabeth was found dead, the result of a deadly cocktail of painkillers and vodka.
When it comes to the Attitude Era, one of the strongest powerhouses for the WWE was Test (Andrew Martin). Regarded as the “muscle man” of the company, this mega-man was featured in major kayfabe (fictional wrestling stories) incidences and entered a multitude of championships including the European Championship, Hardcore Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and Tag Team Belts. Destined to be a groundbreaking WWE Superstar, Test, unfortunately, sank into hot water for his heavy drug use. After inching out of WWE, he joined TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling, where his condition got worse. After more years of suffering, Test died in his apartment after accidentally overdosing on the opioid Oxycodone.
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