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Waldo von Erich dies suddenly
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling


Waldo von Erich, dressed in gimmick.




The German great, Waldo von Erich, died suddenly last night at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. He was 75.

"His death was unfortunate and it wasn't his time to go," explained one of his daughters, Mary Jane Berry, to SLAM! Wrestling. He had been admitted to hospital after a fall on Sunday.

She knows how the fans will remember her father: "He was the dirty one, such a dirty wrestler," she laughed.

"Even though he was mean in the ring, he was a gentleman outside it, and anyone who knew him knows that."

Funeral arrangements have not been established, but it will be in Elmira, Ontario, which the Toronto-born von Erich (born Wally Sieber) has called home for years.

EDITOR'S NOTE: SLAM! Wrestling will have more on the passing of Waldo von Erich in the coming days. In the meantime, be sure to check out the previous stories on him in our archives.

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES: Send us an email with your memories of Waldo von Erich and we'll post them on SLAM! Wrestling and make sure the family gets a copy as well.

RELATED LINKS

  • Waldo von Erich Photo Gallery
  • PART ONE of the Waldo von Erich Q&A
  • PART TWO of the Waldo von Erich Q&A
  • Waldo von Erich in our Canadian Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Waldo von Erich results archive

    Greg Oliver met Waldo von Erich on many occasions, and considers himself lucky to have known such a legend. Greg can be emailed at goliver845@gmail.com.