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02-22-2006, 02:20 AM
Mike "Johnny Grunge" Durham was pronounced dead on arrival at an Atlanta area hospital this morning.

The only available details were he was at a friend's house in Peachtree City, GA, and was gasping for air and rushed to the hospital. The preliminary diagnosis from the hospital is that it was said to have to do with complications from sleep apnea.

Grunge and the late Rocco Rock (Ted Petty), as the tag team of Public Enemy, were the first major stars created by ECW in a program against The Funk Brothers. They became ECW's most popular act, to the point they were subject to a bidding war of sorts between WCW and WWF. However, taken out of the ECW environment, they weren't as successful.

Grunge, whose age is believed to be 39, was said by friends to have never been the same since Petty's death on September 21, 2002.

02-22-2006, 11:05 AM
They were a great tag team in ecw, public enemy.

unbelievable the number of wrestlers who wrestled in ecw who have passed away

rocco rock
johnny grunge
louie spicolli
chris candido
pit bull #1
eddie guerrero
big dick dudley
rick rude

02-22-2006, 01:09 PM
The number of pro wrestlers dead before 40 boggles the mind.

02-22-2006, 03:32 PM
I guess it really isn't nice to fool Mother Nature. PeteLeo.

04-15-2006, 01:12 AM
I had an old partner of mine who graduated from the same high school as sevral pro wrasslers the same year, '76. My buddy was a small guy, a former gymnast, he got a cop job when he was 42. His classmates that went into wrassling didn't fare so well. Rick Rude and Kurt Hennig both died relatively young - drugs, roids, and that lovely wrasslin lifestyle. His other classmate was John Nord, not sure if's he's still alive.

Be interesting to see a comparison of pro boxing versus wrasslin deaths. I mean, 99.999 % of wrestling since the 20's has been "Works" - that is, "fake", but a lotta these guys seem to die before they're 45 - especially in the last decade or so.