The WWE has tragically had to carry out memorials to fallen legends in the past couple of months.
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The WWE Universe was in shock back in June when it was announce that former Champion and complete man of the people, 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes sadly passed away at the age of 69.
That was followed up by the tragic passing of Rowdy Roddy Piper little over a month later, with the Hall of Famer sadly suffering a heart attack aged 61.
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The trend of professional wrestlers passing away young and at alarming rates has led to David Rhodes of the BBC World Service creating a piece entitled "Why do wrestlers so often die young?"
So, do wrestlers die young more than any other athletes? The answer is a resounding yes. "Yes the statistical evidence is quite strong when we look at the mortality rate for wrestlers compared to other sports and the general population," said John Moriarty of Manchester University.
Past all the statistics is where the piece gets interesting. There is a statement from the WWE themselves, who obviously shift all blame off themselves, but still, the WWE making a statement on wrestlers dying is a pretty big deal.
The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.) accepts that the culture of some of its former employees contributed to the problems they experienced in later life.
"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," a spokesman said in a statement.
The WWE really weren't lying about those lifestyle choices, with Piper himself admitting that he took steroids, recreational drugs and drank a lot of alcohol during his career. It's such a shame.
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