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Liver failure claimed Kerry Brown
By Winnipeg Sun




Winnipeg wrestler Kerry Brown, nicknamed 'the Pitbull' for his relentless style and determination, died Thursday from apparent liver failure. He was 51.

Brown, nephew of Bulldog Bob Brown, started wrestling in the late 1970s, quickly establishing a name for himself as a bull in the ring as he moved from the local scene to international venues in the U.S. and Japan. He partnered up with another local grappler named Jason Gagne when he landed back in Manitoba at the end of his career.

The two wrestled together in the Canadian Wrestling Federation and Premier Championship Wrestling circuits from 2003 to 2004, under the name 'The Dog Pound.'

"The reason we ended up tagging together was pretty simple," said Gagne, who was dubbed the Canadian Loose Cannon. "A lot of kids wanted to be Hulk Hogan or Macho Man Randy Savage, but when I was a kid I wanted to be Pitbull Brown."

Legend has it Brown passed up his big break in the wrestling world when he refused to "put over", or lose to, a young Owen Hart while working with Stampede Wrestling in Calgary.

Gagne said he occasionally ran into Brown on the street but never really pressed his former partner on what he was doing or where he was living.

He called Brown a "quiet and unselfish" individual with a "heart of gold."

"He gave me his knee pads that he wore when he was with Stampede Wrestling," Gagne said. "Those mean more to me now than ever before."

Brown's funeral will be held this coming Wednesday, Sept. 16th, at 2 p.m., at the Thompson Funeral Home on Broadway at Furby in Winnipeg.

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