Former WWE wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Sean O'Haire has been found dead in his home in South Carolina after a suspected suicide.
TMZ.com have reported that O'Haire ended his own life, after being found by his father late on Tuesday night. O'Haire was 43-years-old.
He began his professional wrestling career back in 2000 by joining World Championship Wrestling. He and partner Chuck Palumbo became the final WCW tag team champions when the organisation ended.
In 2001 O'Haire went onto wrestler for World Wrestling entertainment, where he was Rowdy Roddy Piper's protege, but when Piper left in 2003 O'Haire was eventually to leave the WWE in 2004.
MMA and kick boxing
Following this, the WWE talent focused his attention on mixed martial arts and kick boxing in the same year.
Despite Brock Lesnar often being hailed as WWE's first Superstar to make the transition to MMA, O'Haire was three steps ahead of him.
He made the crossover in September 2004, managing to successfully stop his first two opponents in the first round.
Following this he eventually lost his third bout to Min-Soo Kim, before being defeated by TKO during his bout with Eric Esch. After this, O'Haire regained his winning momentum with success in fights for the Champions Quest promotion.
In addition, he also spent time in the world of professional kick boxing, despite being less successful in this than in his time taking part in MMA.
Many tributes have been made following the news of O'Haire's death, with former WWE and WCW wrestler Billy Kidman tweeting:
"Doesn't matter how many times it happens, it never gets easier. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. #RIPSeanOHaire".
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