Sean O’Haire and death in professional wrestling

Credit: WWE.

Credit: WWE.

Far too much has been written on death and professional wrestling already. But in the wake of the news that Sean O’Haire died on Monday at just forty-three years of age, it rears its head again. And the saddest part is that this won’t be the last time.

Over the last fifteen years, dozens of wrestlers died young whether by suicide, overdose or the after-effects of excessive use of steroids or other drugs. And while WWE has done everything they can to stem the horrible tide with their wellness program and their sponsored rehabilitation, they can’t really stop it. Wrestling is a sport often built around a life of excess on the road. Steve Austin, Roddy Piper and Jim Ross often spend hours talking about it on their podcasts. And while I’m sure it’s fun for all of them, it’s also a hard life to leave.
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