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What killed "Crush" Brian Adams?


Brian Adams meets up with Diamond Dallas Page earlier in 2007.
Photo by Mike Lano, WReaLano@aol.com


TAMPA, Fla. (Staff) — An autopsy on pro wrestler Brian (Crush) Adams failed to show a specific cause of death.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday it will now conduct tissue and toxicology tests to try to determine what killed the 44-year-old wrestler. A completed autopsy report is expected in six to eight weeks.

Adams wasn’t breathing when his wife found him unconscious in their Tampa home Monday. His body showed no visible signs of injury and foul play was not suspected, police said.

Adams, a former world tag team champion, last performed for the World Wrestling Federation in 2001 and served intermittently on the roster beginning in 1990, World Wrestling Entertainment said.

In 2001, Adams left the WWE, formerly the WWF. He competed in Japan and then attempted a career in boxing, the WWE said. He wrestled his last match in January 2003 when a spinal injury forced him into retirement.

He'd worked as a bodyguard for fellow ex-WWE star Randy "Macho Man" Savage.

The death, following so closely the double murder-suicide by Chris Benoit in Atlanta, has prompted more coverage than is usual for a wrestling passing. Adams' death was discussed on Nancy Grace Monday night, with Mike Brooks as the guest host.

Once again, Mark Mero was on the show. "Brian was a super guy. He was kind of a quiet guy, but he loved to play little practical jokes, but he was a good person," Mero said on the program. "And I spoke to Brian on the phone a couple weeks ago, and we talked about possibly doing a business venture together with my Body Slam Gym. And, you know, he was going to come down and see me here in Orlando, and obviously that's not going to happen, but Brian is number 27 on my list of dead wrestlers that I have wrestled against."

- with files from Canadian Press

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