— The BBC has posted an article looking at the trend of wrestlers dying young. The article notes that the most common cause of death is cardiovascular disease and says the rate of death for wrestlers between forty-five and fifty-four is nearly three times the rate of men in the United States.
You can see the full report at the link provided. WWE issued the following statement to BBC in response:
“Unfortunately, some past performers were part of a generation of wrestlers who made unhealthy and poor personal lifestyle choices, which in some cases continued beyond their years in the ring.
Today’s athletes take great pride and personal responsibility for their overall health and well-being. Notwithstanding, WWE talent are subject to random drug testing and expected to live healthy lifestyles.”
— WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted the following to Twitter, praising WWE Tough Enough competitor Patrick Clark’s work for Chigusa Nagayo’s Marvelous puroresu group in New York on Sunday:
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) August 10, 2015