Matt Osborne, the original Doink the Clown, has passed away at the age of 55.

Not much is known about the death at this point other than the fact that he was found dead in the Texas home of his girlfriend and police will investigate his sudden death.

Osborne will be remembered fondly as Doink the Clown, one of the most enduring characters in professional wrestling.

Osborne debuted as Doink the Clown in 1992 and played the role of the evil clown until he was released in 1993.

After Osborne was released other wrestlers took over the role of Doink and the character continued to thrive on the foundations that Osborne laid. The character was retired in 1996, however Doink has appeared sporadically ever since, including at the 15th anniversary of Raw, when Osborne returned to the WWE for one night only.

"WWE is saddened by the news of Osborne's passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne's family, friends and fans," the WWE said in a statement.


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