Lionheart dead: British legend’s shock death adds him to the the list alongside Owen Hart, Eddie Guerrero and Brian Pillman as wrestling greats who died too young


THE wrestling world was shocked last night after the death of British ring legend Adrian “Lionheart” McCallum.

Insane Championship Wrestling announced the sad news their world champion had passed yesterday aged 36, leading to thousands of emotional tributes from grapplers and fans across the globe.

The wrestling world was shocked to learn of ‘Lionheart’ Adrian McCallum’s death

Unfortunately the Scotsman has now joined the long list of squared-circle superstars to be taken from us too soon.

Here’s ten more wrestling greats that tragically died while still at their peak:

Owen Hart

The self-proclaimed “King of Harts” was the brother of Bret “Hitman” Hart and his death is perhaps the biggest tragedy of all.

The multiple-time Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion was one of the biggest stars on the WWE roster during the peak of the Attitude Era.

But he died aged just 34 after falling from the roof of the Kemper Arena due to a cable malfunction during a live televised pay-per-view in May 1999 while making his entrance to face The Godfather for the IC Title.

Brian Pillman

The “Loose Cannon” lived up to every bit of his nickname with his antics in front of the camera.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s former partner joined WWE in 1996 after making his name in WCW and ECW.

However, aged only 35, he died of a congenital heart condition on the day he was supposed to wrestle Dude Love on a pay-per-view event.

Owen Hart tragically died after falling from the arena roof at a live WWE pay-per-view

Kris Travis

An icon of the British wrestling circuit working for numerous promotions.

He was tipped for worldwide stardom until he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2014.

A year later it was announced he had beaten the disease as made an in-ring comeback.

Tragically in September 2015 the brave Travis revealed the cancer had returned and he passed away in March 2016 aged just 32, just two months after marrying his longtime girlfriend.

Eddie Guerrero

One of the most-loved wrestlers ever to step inside the ring.

After quitting WCW in 2000, he became WWE Champion in 2004.

However, he was found unconscious in a hotel room by his cousin and fellow wrestler Chavo Guerrero on November 13, 2005.

Eddie was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics as a result of acute heart failure aged 38.

Much-loved Eddie Guerrero died aged just 38 during the peak of his WWE career

Crash Holly

Argubarly the greatest Hardcore Champion in WWE history courtesy of his impressive 22 title reigns.

The pint-sized bleach blonde grappler was a fan favourite in the Attitude Era for his escapades and battles against much-larger opponents.

Unfortunately one fight he was unable to win was with his mental health problems, and a post-mortem report ruled he had committed suicide after an overdose of pills, mixed with alcohol aged 32 in November 2003.


Every wrestling fan from the 1990s knows exactly who Yokozuna was.

Despite being Samoan, Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi played the role of a Japanese sumo and headlined WrestleMania twice.

The 580lbs-plus former two-time world champ passed aged 34 of a pulmonary edema, partially caused by his weight, in a hotel room in Liverpool while on tour working for an independent promotion October 2000.

Yokozuna, one of wrestling’s biggest icons, died in a Liverpool hotel room

Chris Kanyon

Best known for his work with WCW, he joined WWE as part of the Invasion angle in 2001.

Kanyon, who suffered with a bipolar disorder, came out as gay following his release from WWE and prior to his death he chronicled his struggles as a closeted gay men in a book he was working on.

Age just 40, he committed suicide by overdosing on antidepressants on April 2, 2010.

Andrew ‘Test’ Martin

The towering 6ft 6in powerhouse was another star of the Attitude Era but was released in 2007 due to violating the company’s wellness policy.

He was found dead in his Tampa home on March 13, 2009 four days prior to his 34th birthday.

His death was ruled an accidental overdose of oxycodone with forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu later determining Martin had severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, caused by repeated concussions and subconcussive head injuries.

Silver King

Mexican Silver King, real name Cesar Barron, died in the ring on May 11, 2019 at Camden’s Roundhouse.

He collapsed in the ring mid-match and died a short time after from a heart attack.

The 51-year-old wrestled for numerous promotions and also starred alongside Jack Black in the hit movie Nacho Libre.

‘British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith

Possibly the most famous British wrestler of all-time.

“The Bulldog” was a huge name in WWE throughout the 1980s and 90s and became a national hero when he beat Bret Hart for the IC Title at SummerSlam ’92 in front of a packed Wembley Stadium.

He died on 18 May 2002 after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Invermere, British Columbia with an autopsy revealing past anabolic steroid may have played a part in his death.

The British Bulldog was arguably the biggest wrestling name to ever come out of England



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