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Pillman found dead
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Sports

 Real life tragedy overshadowed the fantasy world of professional wrestling Sunday when it was announced that young grappler, Brian "The Loose Cannon" Pillman, was found dead in a Minnesota hotel room hours before the WWF's Badd Blood pay-per-view took to the airwaves.

WWF President, Vince McMahon Jr., conveyed the news during Badd Blood's Free For All segment saying that Pillman's body was discovered at 5:00 p.m. Sunday night. The evening before, Pillman had wrestled at a WWF house show. During the pay-per-view, McMahon also stated that law enforcement officials investigating the case do not believe foul play was the cause of Pillman's death. Autopsy results will be available some time this week.

Pillman learned his trade at Stu Hart's world famous wrestling school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Along with Bret "The Hit Man" Hart and The British Bulldog, Pillman began his career in Stu's Stampede Wrestling, a popular wrestling promotion based in Western Canada.

Known then as "Flying Brian", the blonde-haired heartthrob gained notoriety in World Championship Wrestling with his graceful, top rope acrobatics as a face then turned heel teaming up with "Stunning" (Stone Cold) Steve Austin as the successful tag team: The Hollywood Blondes. The highlight of Pillman's WCW stint was a position in Ric Flair's esteemed Four Horsemen gang.

A former Cincinnati Bengal in the NFL, he switched to the rival World Wrestling Federation this year but has been plagued by an ankle injury which virtually eliminated his once high-flying style. Pillman was scheduled to battle Dude Love and possibly Goldust tonight at the Badd Blood pay-per-view. Two matches were added in its place.

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