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Pro Wrestlers Who Passed Away In The Ring
Perro Aguayo Jr.
During a tag team match against Rey Mysterio Jr. in Tijuana on March 20, 2015, Mexican wrestler Perro Aguayo Jr. died almost instantly from his neck snapping while being drop kicked. "We lost the biggest superstar that Mexico has ever seen," Mysterio said, "He was so warm-hearted, kind, and respectful […] there will never be another Perro."
Silver King
Silver King was a distinguished luchador in both Mexico and WCW and was the third wrestler to portray the Black Tiger in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Later, he wrestled for AJPW and AAA and also starred opposite Jack Black in "Nacho Libre." While wrestling Juventud Guerrera in London on June 27, 2015, he collapsed in the ring and died of a sudden myocardial infarction.
Iron Mike DiBiase
Known for being extremely fit, Michael DiBiase, the stepfather of "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and grandfather of retired wrestlers Mike, Ted, and Brett DiBiase, shocked fans when his impressive career was cut short after suffering a massive heart attack in the ring on July 2, 1969, immediately following a match with Man Mountain Mike.
Moondog Spot
Moondog Spot died when he suffered a heart attack on November 29, 2003, while competing at Jerry Lawler's "birthday bash" show in Memphis. The other wrestlers brought the match to a swift end when they saw Moondog slumped in the corner and the paramedics swarmed the ring, but he passed away upon arriving at the local medical facility.
Brian Ong
While training in 2001, Dalip Singh hit Brian Ong with a flapjack, but he landed on his head instead of his stomach. Although cleared to continue training, Ong died from head trauma while training later that day. His family sued APW and Singh for wrongful death and were awarded over one million dollars, though Singh was cleared of any wrongdoing.