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Cancer claims '70s wrestler Joey Rossi
By GREG OLIVER - Co-Producer, Slam! Wrestling


He had battled lung cancer for some time, and a benefit concert was held for him in May 2003, to raise funds for alternative therapy.

His father, Len Rossi, has been announced as a recipient of the 2004 New York State Award from the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Schenectady, NY.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hickory Chapel at Woodbine Funeral Home in Nolensville. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Nolensville Cemetery.

He is survived by his father, his wife, Wanda LeMay Rositano; sons, Joseph Leonard Rositano and Michael Richard Rositano; a daughter, Alexis Rositano, all of Nolensville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nolensville United Methodist Church Steeple Fund.

Greg Oliver founded SLAM! Wrestling with John Powell way back in 1996, and has been writing about pro wrestling since 1985. He is the author of the recently published book The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians from ECW Press. Order it from the SLAM! Wrestling Store. He can be emailed at goliver845@gmail.com.