Deceased Wrestling Managers & Personalities

Deceased Wrestling Managers, Valets, Referees, Broadcasters, Promoters, Writers & Wrestling Historians

This List includes Deceased Wrestling Managers, Valets, Referees, Broadcasters, Promoters, Writers & Wrestling Historians, all of which Deserve a Mention for their Contributions to the Wrestling World from Outside the Ring.

Note: Some of these Guys & Gals may have taken a Few Bumps, or even had a Short Career as a Wrestler (including Gimmick Matches), but if they are most commonly linked to a Role Outside the Ring, they’re included on this page, and not our Deceased Wrestlers Page/List.

You are looking at the Most Comprehensive List of Deceased Wrestling Contributors from Outside the Ring  in Existence.

Last Updated: 12/31/2017
This list is sorted by Ring Name, Real Name, Date of Death, Age & Cause of Death.

A

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Abe Ford
Abraham Abrams
2002-5-13
90
Natural causes
Adrien Desbois
Adrien Desbois
1985-12-24
?
Accident - automobile accident
Al Haft
Albert C. Haft
1976-11-10
89
?
Al Mandell
Albert Mandell
2012-12-26
92
?
Al Pabon
Al Pabon
2011-7-22
46
?
Aunt Burke
Kitty Burke
2012-1-8
85
Natural causes

B

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Barney Tucker
Barney Tucker
2008-3-30
88
?
Barry Bernsten Sr.
Barry Bernsten Sr.
2011-2-28
?
Heart attack
Benjamin Francisco Mora Mercado
Benjamin Francisco Mora Mercado
2017-7-18
71
?
Bert Maxwell
Bert Maxwell
1977-5-?
?
?
Big Al Ansel
Al Ansel
2008-3-7
?
?
Bill Connell
William D. Connell Sr.
2008-5-31
?
?
Bill Kersten
Bill Kersten
2017-10-20
?
Natural causes
Bill Kunkel
Bill Kunkel
2011-9-4
61
?
Bill Smith
William J. Smith
1950-7-9
68
?
Billy Tacket
Billy Tacket
2011-3-16
46
Accident - automobile accident
BJ Race
Beverly Race
2009-10-9
60
?
Bob Leonard
Robert Leonard
2016-1-9
?
?
Bob Luce
Robert A. Luce
2007-2-8
78
Natural causes
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Raymond Louis Heenan
2017-9-17
72
Cancer (throat)
Bobby Cunningham
Bobby Cunningham
2015-5-20
?
?
Bobby Lombardi
Bobby Lombardi
2016-9-23
?
Diabetes
Bobby Whitlock
Bobby Whitlock
2005-4-3
68
?
Boyd Pierce
Boyd A. Pierce
1999-5-18
70
?
Bubba Douglas
Andrew Douglas
1986-2-13
42
Died in ring (heart attack)
Bucky Palermo
Bucky Palermo
2017-6-6
86
Accident - fall
Buffalo Jim
James Barrier
2008-4-6
55
Heart complications

C

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
C.B. Cochran
Charles Blake Cochran
1951-1-31
79
?
Cal Eaton
Alvah Eaton
1966-1-10
58
?
Captain Leslie Holmes
Leslie Holmes
2006-2-28
89
Cancer
Captain Lou Albano
Louis Vincent Albano
2009-10-14
76
Carl Murnick
Carl Murnick
Carl Murnick
2002-10-13
54
Heart attack
Carlos Maynez
Carlos Maynez Flores
2015-4-29
?
Heart attack
Carnation Lou Daro
Lou Daro
1958-7-11
71
?
Chandler Biggins
Chris Bryan
2017-6-17
?
?
Charles Anschutz Jr.
Charles William Anschutz Jr.
2018-5-9
?
Cancer (pancreatic)
Charlie Harville
Charles Harville
2002-3-1
83
Natural causes
Chef D.Z. Gillepsie
David Gillespie
2016-9-24
50
?
Chip Burnham
James W. Burnham III
2017-1-9
61
?
Chris Dundee
Cristofo Mirena
1998-11-17
91
Stroke
Chris Kreski
Christopher Kreski
2005-5-9
42
Cancer
Chuck Marlow
Chuck Marlow
2016-2-11
86
?
Col. Tom Walker
Thomas Lee Walker
2017-2-28
67
?
Connie Marker
Constantine Marker
2010-12-31
87
?
Corey Maclin
Corey Maclin
2013-7-30
43
Accident - automobile accident
Curt Otterholt
Curt Otterholt
2016-8-28
48
Blood related (clot)

D

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Dan Curtis
Daniel Curtis
1998-12-29
37
Diabetes
Dan Shocket
Dan Shocket
1985-5-4
35
Cancer
Daniel Nickerson
Daniel Nickerson
2006-7-15
48
Heart attack
Danny Prickett
Danny Prickett
2004-2-25
58
Heart attack
Danny Williams
Danny Williams
2013-2-19
85
Heart attack
Dark Angel
Angel Gabriele
2016-2-23
60
?
Dean Detton Jr.
Dean Detton Jr.
2015-4-29
83
Surgery complications
Dennis Coraluzzo
Dennis Coraluzzo
2001-7-29
48
Stroke
Dennis James
Demie Sposa
1997-6-3
79
Cancer (lung)
Dennis Stecher
Dennis Stecher
?-?-?
?
?
Dick Lane
Richard Lane
1982-9-5
83
?
Dick Woehrle
Dick Woehrle
2012-3-12
81
Cancer (colon)
Doc Krone
John Krone
1934-2-8
61
?
Don Owen
Donald H. Owen
2002-8-1
90
Natural causes
Doug Hansen
Doug Hansen
2012-11-10
?
?
Dr. Grange Bernard
Grange H.Y. Bernard
2013-3-18
54
?
Dr. Johnny Peebles III
Johnny Peebles III
2016-7-27
70
?
Dusty Feldbaumer
Robert Feldbaumer Sr.
2011-5-1
89
Heart failure

E

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Ed Capral
Edward R. Capral
1997-4-15
70
Cancer (prostate)
Ed McLemore
Edward McLemore
1969-1-9
63
Heart attack
Ed Whalan
Ed Whalan
2001-12-4
74
Heart attack
Eddie Einhorn
Eddie Einhorn
2016-2-24
80
Stroke
Eddie Quinn
Edmund R. Quinn
1965-12-14
59
Brain (cerebral hemorrhage)
Edward Gersh
Edward Gersh
2014-6-15
?
?
Elliott Paul Murnick
Elliott Paul Murnick
2017-6-19
75
?
Eric Caiden
Eric Caiden
2015-5-18
62
Brain aneurysm
Erik Newton
Erik W. Newton
2015-5-29
36
?

F

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Fernand Ste-Marie
Fernand Ste-Marie
2016-10-29
76
?
Frances Zicari
Frances Zicari
2013-8-12
85
?
Fred Horby
Frederick Horby
2015-7-15
76
?
Freddie Miller
Freddie Miller
1992-11-25
63
Heart attack

G

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Gary Howard
Gary Howard
2012-2-18
?
Cancer
Gene Gordon
Gene Gordon
1986-?-?
?
?
George Culkin
George Culkin
2005-2-26
78
Natural causes
George O'Brien
George O'Brien
2015-9-27
86
?
George Simpson
George Simpson
?-?-?
?
?
Georgiann Makropoulos
Georgiann Makropoulos
2010-1-25
67
Heart attack
Gino Moore, The Big Kahuna
Eugene W. Moore, Jr
2017-12-8
?
Cancer
Gordon Scozzari
Gordon Scozzari
2011-1-5
41
Kidney disease
Gordon Solie
Francis Jonard Labiak
2000-7-27
71
Cancer
Guy Coffey
Guy Coffey
2011-1-8
86
Suicide

H

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf
Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr.
2001-9-4
39
Other - seizure
Harold Harris
Harold Harris
2008-7-8
?
?
Harry Elliott
Harry Elliott
2006-6-25
101
Natural causes
Harry Thornton
Harry Thornton
1982-11-15
64
?
Hector “Bebo” Moyano
Hector Moyano Sr.
2013-5-27
?
?
Helen Hart
Helen Hart
2001-11-4
77
Stroke
Henry Marcus
?
2004-7-25
93
Natural causes
Henry Viney
Henry Viney
?-?-?
?
?
Herb Owen
Herb Owen
1951-?-?
?
?
Herman Gust
Herman Gust Funk
2015-5-14
88
?
Hotline Ric Carter
Rick Carter
2006-9-2
44
Accident - hit by car

J

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
J. Michael Kenyon
J. Michael Kenyon
2017-5-3
73
?
Jack Brickhouse
John Beasley Brickhouse
1998-8-15
82
Cardiac arrest
Jack Corcoran
John Corcoran
1935-12-28
77
?
Jack Curley
Jacques Armand Schuel
1937-7-12
61
Heart attack
Jack Curran
John Bernard Curran
2003-7-9
71
Cancer
Jack Daro
Jack Daro
1977-12-?
76
?
Jack Little
Jack Hiram Little
1986-1-4
77
Heart complications
Jack Pfefer
Jacob Pfefer
1974-9-13
79
?
Jack Reynolds
Joseph Rizzo
2008-10-16
71
Surgery complications
Jack Tunney
John Jack Tunney Jr.
2004-1-24
68
Heart disease
James Dudley
James Dudley
2004-6-1
94
Natural causes
Jason Speed
Jason Speed
2012-12-14
29
?
Jay West
Jay West
2017-6-21
?
?
Jeff Barnes
Jeffrey Barnes
2006-2-25
23
Accident - fell off cliff while hiking
Jersey Brown
Darlene Brown
2003-7-15
?
Suicide
Jess McMahon
Roderick James McMahon
1954-11-22
72
?
Jesus Perez
Jesus Perez
2007-2-23
91
Natural causes
Jim "Clawmaster" Zordani
James Zordani
2014-9-14
50
Heart attack
Jim Barnett
James E. Barnett
2004-9-17
80
Cancer
Jim Crockett Sr.
James Allen Crockett Sr.
1973-4-1
63
?
Jim Dotson
James Dotson
2015-12-10
49
?
Jim Fagan
James Fagan
2017-1-17
72
Parkinson’s disease
Jim Mandl
James Matthew Mandl
2013-6-2
65
Cancer
Jim Melby
James C. Melby
2007-2-11
57
Heart attack
Jimmy Clydesdale
Daniel C. Schwartz
2015-5-9
31
Heart complications
Jimmy Lennon Sr.
Jimmy Lennon Sr.
1992-4-20
79
Heart failure
Jimmy McGuire
James McGuire
2002-9-16
51
?
Jimmy Rivers
James Hampton
2018-3-?
?
?
Joaquin Padin Jr.
Joaquin Padin Jr.
1997-?-?
?
?
Joaquin Roldan
Joaquin Roldan
2017-4-8
63
?
Joe Bailey
Joseph Bailey
2013-6-15
60
Cancer (lung)
Joe Garagiola
Joseph Garagiola Sr.
2016-3-23
90
?
Joe Higuchi
Kanji Higuchi
2010-11-7
81
Cancer (lung)
Joe Jares
Joe Jares
2016-7-2
78
?
Joe Lesperance
Joe Lesperance
2008-6-28
80
Cancer
Joe Murnick
Joe H. Murnick
1985-6-17
68
?
Joe Pottgieser
Joe Pottgieser Jr.
2016-10-21
?
Cancer (lung)
Joe Schoenberger
Joseph Schoenberger
2000-10-2
?
?
Joe Turner
Joe Turner
1947-2-18
62
?
Joey Marella
Joseph Adriano Marella
1994-7-4
30
Accident - automobile accident
John Ayres
John Ayres
1995-10-2
42
Cancer (liver)
John Regus
John Fredrick Regus
1995-1-4
78
?
John Stevens
John Stevens
1940-3-1
50
Died in ring (accident by LaVerne Baxter, cause unknown)
John Tolos, Golden Greek
John Tolos
2009-5-28
78
Kidney failure
Johnny Rayborn
Johnny Steven Rayborn
2015-4-10
51
?
Johnny Seamon
Johnny Seamon
1940-?-?
?
?
Joyce Frazier
Joyce Frazier
2004-3-29
62
?
Judd The Stud
Tim R. Frankenfield
2011-7-24
44
Surgery complications

K

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Ken Hawk
Kenneth David Stidger
2017-9-26
75
?
Kunimatsu Matsunaga
Kunimatsu Matsunaga
2005-8-19
63
Suicide

L

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Lance Russell
Lance Russell
2017-10-3
91
Complications from broken hip sustained after a fall
Larry Nelson
Larry Shipley
2014-6-23
?
Cancer (pancreatic)
Leah Maivia
Ofelia Maivia
2008-10-19
81
Heart attack
Lee Campione
Lee Campione
2008-4-22
88
?
Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall
2014-4-26
68
Cancer (esophageal)
Llakor
Michael Ryan
2013-4-25
45
?
Lou Spandle
Louis Spandle
?-?-?
?
?
Lucky Roberts
Sam Roberts
?-?-?
?
?
Luis Magana
Luis Magana
2008-3-23
97
?
Lynn Toney
Lynn Toney
2008-7-25
83
Natural causes

M

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Mad Mike Allen
Mike Allen
2005-4-?
32
?
Major Duke George
Duke George
2016-7-6
69
Heart failure
Malcolm Cormier
Malcolm Cormier
2011-8-9
74
Multiple ailments - diabetes, alzheimer’s disease
Marianna, Mrs. Cleavage
Marianna Komlos
2004-9-26
35
Cancer (breast)
Mark Curtis
Brian Hildebrand
1999-9-8
37
Cancer (stomach)
Mark Nulty
Mark Nulty
2016-2-10
55
Cancer (lung)
Marty O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
1983-2-7
74
?
Mary Gagne
Mary Gagne
2002-5-7
75
Surgery complications
Max Clayton
Maxwell Clayton
?-?-?
?
?
Mickey Garagiola
Mickey Garagiola
2010-8-29
88
Cancer
Miguel Alonzo
Miguel Alonzo
2012-4-6
89
?
Mike D'avanzo
Mike D'avanzo
2017-7-6
?
?
Mike Duncan
Robert M. Duncan
2011-6-23
64
Natural causes
Mike LeBelle
Mike LeBelle
2009-11-24
79
Lung (respiratory failure)
Mike Milano
Mike Miele Jr.
2010-10-20
46
Stroke
Mike Patry
Michael Patry
2017-2-21
42
?
Mike Porter
Michael Porter
2010-10-23
59
Diabetes
Milt Avruskin
Milton Avruskin
2011-5-28
65
Natural causes
Miss Elizabeth
Elizabeth Ann Hulette
2003-5-1
42
Drug overdose
Motoko Baba
Motoko Baba
2018-4-14
78
Liver (cirrhosis)
Morris Sigel
Morris Pincus Sigel
1966-12-26
68
?
Mr. Main Event
Dennis Richard Main
2017-3-20
47
?
Musty Musgrave
Floyd A. Musgrave
1948-2-27
47
?

N

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Nagaharu Imai
Nagaharu Imai
2013-7-29
53
Cancer (stomach)
Naoto Morishita
Naoto Morishita
2003-1-9
42
Suicide
Neil “The Real Deal” O’Brien
Neil O’Brien
2017-12-5
47
?
Nick Gulas
Nick Gulas
1991-1-21
76
?
Norm Kimber
Norm Kimber
2002-3-12
70
?

O

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Omar Williams
Omar Williams
2008-5-4
81
?

P

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Paul Aperstein
Paul Aperstein
2014-9-18
58
Multiple sclerosis
Paul Bearer, Percy Pringle
William Alvin Moody
2013-3-5
58
Heart attack
Paul Beosch
Paul Max Boesch
1989-3-7
76
Heart attack
Paul Bowser
Paul Forbes Bowser
1960-7-17
74
Heart attack
Paul Winkhaus
Paul Winkhaus
1974-11-?
?
?
Pedro "El Mago" Septien
Pedro Septien
2013-12-19
97
Pneumonia
Phil Taggert
Phil Taggert
1938-4-21
48
Died after match (heart attack)
Pinkie George
Paul L. George
1993-11-1
88
?
Princess Bonita
Bonita Vasquez
2014-2-28
94
?
Princess Salima
Joyce Jean Farhat
2013-11-28
83
?

Q

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Quick Count Al Soprano
Alan Lebowitz
2016-12-1
63
?

R

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Ralph Mondt
Ralph Mondt
1949-2-25
58
?
Randy Anderson
Randall Anderson
2002-5-6
42
Cancer (testicular)
Ray Belec
Ray Belec
?-?-?
?
?
Ray Cortese
Ray Cortese
2006-9-11
?
Cancer
Ray Fabiani
Aurelio Fabiani
1973-4-19
83
?
Ray Murrow
Doug Gentry
2007-1-26
34
Heart disease
Red Andrews
Ernest R. Andrews
1977-10-23
77
?
Red Shoes Dugan
Raymond J. Gedeon
2001-3-26
89
Parkinson’s disease
Reisor Bowden
Reisor Bowden
2001-4-2
74
Cancer (lung)
Rhubarb
Warren Jones
2017-4-2
65
Heart attack
Ric Stuart
Robert Rhodes
1989-9-?
32
?
Richard Szczypinski
Richard Szczypinski
2015-2-15
67
Heart attack
Rick Hendrickson
Rick Hendrickson III
2017-8-16
34
?
Rocky McGuire
Norman McGuire
2008-4-11
?
?
Rocky Roman
Rocky Roman
2013-5-16
47
?
Rodger Kent
Rodger Vogel
2014-11-28
90
?
Roland Alexander
Roland Alexander
2013-11-5
59
Diabetes
Ron Dobratz
Ronald Dobratz
2006-2-11
64
Cancer (lung)
Ron Martinez
Ronald Martinez
2010-2-20
57
Heart attack
Ron Trongard
Rodney Douglas Trongard
2005-6-17
72
Cancer (liver)
Ron West
Ron West
2013-5-15
65
Natural causes
Ronnie Gossett
Ronald Gossett
2007-7-23
63
Cancer (colon)
Rudy Miller
Paul Miller
1981-12-22
?
?
Russ Barker
Russ Barker
1993-?-?
?
Diabetes

S

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Sam Avey
Sam Avey
1962-8-9
67
?
Sam Mushnick
Jeshua Muchnick
1998-12-31
93
Other - internal bleeding
Sam Price
Sam Price
1945-5-10
53
?
Sammy Mack
Sammy Mack
?-?-?
?
?
Sapphire
Juanita Wright
1996-9-10
61
Heart attack
Scott Eiland
William Scott Eiland
2017-9-27
43
?
Scott Epstein
Scott Epstein
2013-12-27
64
Accident - automobile accident
Scott LeDoux
Alan Scott LeDoux
2011-8-11
62
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Scott Williams
Scott Williams
2016-8-17
49
Heart attack
Sean Curtin
Sean Curtin
2016-8-11
74
?
Sheik Abdul
John Roberts
2008-8-10
?
Murdered
Shoichi Arai
Shoichi Arai
2002-5-16
36
Suicide
Sid Markus
Sid Markus
?-?-?
?
?
Speedy Hatfield
Virgil Hatfield
2002-6-30
93
Heart attack
Stanley Blackburn
Stanley Blackburn
1997-11-20
80
?
Sterling Brewer
Sterling N. Brewer
2016-9-30
90
?
Steve Stack
Steve Stack
2010-4-20
?
Alzheimer's disease
Susan “Pebbles” Adams
Susan Adams
2008-5-23
49
?
Sweet Daddy Malcolm Oatneal
Malcolm Monroe Sr.
2004-6-7
52
Stroke

T

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
T.J. Weatherby
Edward Weatherby Jr.
2014-6-18
44
?
Takashi Matsunaga
Takashi Matsunaga
2009-7-11
73
Pneumonia
Ted Tanabe
Tetsuo Tanabe
2009-6-15
46
?
The Commish Eric Acker
Eric Acker
2005-7-3
32
Accident - motorcycle accident
The Grand Wizard, Abdullah Farouk
Irwin J. Roth
1983-10-12
54
Heart attack
The Haiti Kid
Raymond Kessler
2002-5-5
42
Cancer (testicular)
The Jackal
Paul R. Jackiewicz
2017-1-12
51
?
Theo Ehret
Theo Ehret
2012-5-24
91
Natural causes
Tom Packs
Anthanasios Pakiotis
1964-10-22
70
?
Tommy Knoxville
Tom Loomis
2012-9-3
44
?
Tommy Weathers
Tommy Weathers
2012-3-6
70
Cancer
Toni Adams
Toni Donahoo
2010-6-24
45
Other - abdominal abscess
Tony Schoff
Anthony V. Damato Sr.
2016-5-28
61
?
Tony Watts
Tony Watts
2017-3-25
53
Lung complications
Toshikuni Matsunaga
Toshikuni Matsunaga
2002-9-22
57
?
Trixie
Georgina Pallo
2013-2-25
88
?

V

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Veto Tallarita
Veto Tallarita
1984-?-?
?
?
Victor Quinones
Victor Quinones
2006-4-2
46
Heart attack
Vince McMahon Sr.
Vincent McMahon Sr.
1984-5-24
69
Cancer (pancreatic)
Vince Risko
Vincent Thomas Pelkowski
2002-10-2
90
?

W

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Wally Karbo
Wally Joseph Karbo
1993-3-25
77
Heart attack
Walter "Skippy" Wejten
Walter Wejten
2008-11-23
82
?
Wayne Cashman
Wayne Cassibo
2001-3-13
53
Multiple ailments - diabetes, stroke, heart attack
Willie Gilzenberg
William L. Gilzenberg
1978-11-15
77
?
Woman, Fallen Angel
Nancy Elizabeth Benoit
2007-6-22
43
Murdered
Woody Woodworth
Brent Charles Woodworth
2013-2-23
52
Heart attack

Z

Ring Name(s) Real Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Zack Murray
Zack Murray
2007-9-23
61
?
Zane Bresloff
Zane Bresloff
2003-6-20
57
Accident - automobile accident

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