Which WWE Wrestler Died Recently? Explained

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Billy Graham Death (Credits: Clutch Points)

In the era of WWE, the year 2023 saw extremely significant changes, and it is even regarded as one of the most tempestuous years in history. WWE’s legacy has taken a huge turn especially, and many wrestling fans have passed away, which did leave a deep void in the hearts of all fans around the world, and the wonder is that we are just halfway across the year.

As of May 2023, there are four prominent wrestlers who have unfortunately passed away and have indeed left a legendary place in all our hearts. These four wrestlers are Billy Graham, Lanny Poffo, Bushwhacker Butch, and Jerry Jarrett.

Which WWE Wrestler recently died this year?

Billy Graham left us away on May 17, 2023, and it was unexpectedly three weeks before his 80th birthday as he had to fight a prolonged battle with health issues which included kidney and liver infections.

He was hospitalized in the month of  January, and his condition started worsening in May. He contracted an infection even in his hip and was on extreme life support.

He played a prominent role in the success of WWWF, where he shared his arena with many legends like Jerry Lawer, Bob Backlund, Dusty Rhodes, and many others. He is even considered a former Heavyweight Champion and defeated the infamous Bruno Sammartino in Maryland in April 1977.

Graham was indeed a role model for all different ages wrestlers, and in fact, he is the reason why professional wrestlers are to be called WWE superstars.

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Death of Billy Graham

Who were the other Wrestlers that died this year?

Lanny Poffo, unfortunately, passed away this year on February 2 at the age of 68, and the reason for his death was congestive heart failure. He made himself stand in the promotion of NWA, ICW, and mid-south wrestling.

This prominent player joined WWE in 1985 and had his greatest achievement when he handed Hulk Hogan his first defeat in 1985. Although Lanny could not get into the WWE Wall of Fame, he did go against his brother’s wish to give him legendary status, which was indeed an awarding task.

Bushwhacker Butch had his sad demise on April 2, 2023, as he had a situation with medication. He was on his way to watch wrestle mania 39, but he forgot his water pills which resulted in high blood pressure and, ultimately, his death.

His health issues began in 2002 when he got a broken neck and had to get himself retired from wrestling. It became the most heartbreaking part of his journey. He was indeed the best wrestler who was inducted into the WWR Hall of Fame by John Laurinaitis in 2015.

Jerry Jarrett, one of the best wrestlers, took his last breath at the age of 80 and suffered from a heart attack while he was undergoing esophageal cancer on February 14, 2023.

Even though he could not make it into World Wrestling Entertainment, he played a  huge contribution to Vince McMahon’s brainchild. He wrestled mainly for NWA Mid-America and won many tag team championships, which was surely condemnable. 

These four wrestlers have indeed touched our hearts, and their losses will always have a huge impact on the current WWE. They were and will always be a source of inspiration for the current youth wrestlers and the future to be wrestlers.


By Richard

All in one crazy for sports, especially baseball.

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