Years active in the WWE: 1998-2004
Add him to the (unfortunate) list of wrestling personalities who died (way) too young. Martin was 33 when he was found dead in his Florida home on March 13, 2009. He was suffering from Alzheimer's like symptoms (again, at 33) that are common in boxers caused by taking way too many blows to the head. If this feels like déjà vu it could be because doctors found Chris Benoit's brain in a similar state (doctors said Benoit's brain was comparable to an 85 year old Alzheimer's patient). His official cause of death was from an overdose of oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller, which his father said he had been addicted to for years. He had also previously been suspended by the WWE for his use of testosterone.
Ironically a year-and-a-half before his death Martin was interviewed in a documentary called The Circus: Live Fast, Die Young about the perils of pro wrestling. He said he'd been to eight funerals in the past year. "Do I wanna join that club? Hell no."