Wrestling With Mortality


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The World Wrestling Entertainment is giving Iraq a run for its money. Yesterday morning, Brian Adams (right), a former professional wrestling champion who intermittently participated in the WWE from 1990 through 2001, [died after being found unconscious in his Tampa Bay home ]around 11 a.m. He was 44.


Adams, known to the wrestling world as Crush, showed no visible signs of injury and foul play was not suspected. But Adams was arrested in March 1995 and charged with receiving anabolic steroids through the mail, connecting yet another prematurely-deceased wrestler to steroids. Authorities are waiting on autopsy results before proceeding with the investigation.

Adams’s death comes less than two months after another professional wrestler, Chris Benoit, [killed his wife and son] under [bizarre circumstances](http://www.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=81540788&day=29&startmonth=6&startyear=2007) before hanging himself in their home in Georgia. Prescription anabolic steroids were found in the home, sparking debate about whether steroids played a part in the tragic and inexplicable incident.

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