BBC ran an article this past weekend asking the question about why so many wrestlers die young. In that story, it notes that cardiovascular disease was the most common cause of death, and the rate of death for wrestlers aged between forty-five and fifty-four.
WWE sent them the following statement about the matter:
“Unfortunately, some past performers were part of a generation of wrestlers who made unhealthy and poor personal lifestyle choices, which in some cases continued beyond their years in the ring.
“Today’s athletes take great pride and personal responsibility for their overall health and well-being. Notwithstanding, WWE talent are subject to random drug testing and expected to live healthy lifestyles.”