Davey Boy Smith dead at 39
By MELISSA RIDGEN --
Davey Boy Smith -- the British Bulldog of professional wrestling fame -- is dead at age 39.
He died early yesterday morning while vacationing in Invermere, B.C., with girlfriend Andrea Hart, the wife of Bruce Hart who is Smith's ex-brother-in-law.
Many members of the Hart family gathered last night to mourn at the home of Stu Hart, patriarch of the wrestling family.
"We're all quite saddened and shocked," said Ross Hart, of Stampede Wrestling fame, whose sister Diana was married to the British Bulldog and together had two children Harry, 16, and Georgia, 14.
"He had quite a positive relationship with most everyone in our family.
"We've had a lot of tragedies in the past while and it doesn't seem to end," he said referring to among other things, the death of Owen Hart in a wrestling stunt gone wrong in 1999 and the Nov. 4 death of the Hart matriarch Helen -- the wife of Stu and mother of the 12 Hart children, who passed way due to diabetes complications.
Diana and her children were at the Hart house last night.
"They're all quite upset. We're still waiting to hear the exact circumstances surrounding his death. We haven't been able to get a lot of details from the medical examiner or RCMP."
The Invermere RCMP would not comment on the matter last night but reports in the wrestling world indicate Smith died of a heart attack.
Ross Hart said that has not been confirmed.
"That's purely speculative until we hear from police or the medical examiner. We hope to have more information (today)," he said.
Police were reportedly trying to contact Smith's father and sister in England yesterday.
RECENTLY ATTENDED DINNER
The British Bulldog was at the Hart house for dinner just two weeks ago before he travelled to Winnipeg where he and his son wrestled in a tag-team match.
"I know that was something he looked forward to was to wrestle with his son and I'm glad he had that opportunity," Ross Hart said.