WWE: Triple H pays respects to Sean O'Haire after wrestler's death aged 43

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Triple H, concluding a conference call ahead of WWE's NXT Takeover event this weekend, was amongst the first to pay his respects to Sean O'Haire after news that the former WWE and WCW wrestling superstar had died today aged just 43.

"As everybody knows, I'd like to personally address my condolences to Sean O'Haire's family, his friends and his fans. It's a tragedy and I wanted to take a moment to offer my condolences on behalf of myself and WWE," said the company's Chief Operating Officer Wednesday.

The death of O'Haire - birth name Sean Haire - was announced Wednesday morning with the wrestler believed to have passed away at his home in the US. No cause of death has yet been revealed but police have since confirmed that they do not suspect foul play.

Wrestling career and WWE impact

Sean O'Haire began his professional career in WCW back in 2000 aged 29 and his impressive displays, most notably in tag-team partnerships with first Mark Jindrak and then Chuck Palumbo, soon brought him high praise.

As such when Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001 O'Haire saw his contract picked up by the then WWF.

The American spent the next three years impressing crowds around the country as part of McMahon's revitalized WWF - predominantly as a mid-card fighter below the likes of Tripe H himself.

He was earmarked for big success however and at various points between 2001-2004 O'Haire was given his own heel gimmick as a 'devil on your shoulder' type character whilst also working with WWE legened Rowdy Roddy Piper.

His career stagnated however when Piper left the organization and O'Haire himself was released by McMahon and co in 2004.

Since then it is believed the wrestler took work in Japan as well as becoming involved in mixed martial arts.

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Premature death

News of his death has shocked the entire wrestling world and, at just 43 years of age, his premature passing only further adds scrutiny on the business considering the large number of former wrestlers who have passed away at a relatively young age.

Earlier this year Ultimate Warrior passed away just a day after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame - the legendary wrestler collapsing in front of his wife before doctors confirmed the cause of death as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

He was 55.

His best moments in WWE

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