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12-19-2008, 09:00 AM

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. Mike "Mad Dog" Bell, a former professional wrestler whose struggle with substance abuse was featured in the documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," has died. He was 37.

Bell was found Sunday at a Costa Mesa live-in rehabilitation facility, his family said.

An autopsy was conducted but investigators couldn't immediately determine the cause of death, said Dan Akin, a supervising deputy at the Orange County coroner's division. The coroner is awaiting the results of toxicology tests, he said.

Chris Bell, whose 2008 documentary examines the steroid use of his two brothers, said Mike Bell had long battled with his addictions to prescription painkillers and alcohol.

"He was always wrestling, he was a personal trainer, he was always pushing his body to the max," Chris Bell told the Orange County Register.

"You can't really blame wrestling, but it's kind of the lifestyle," he said. "You have a couple of painkillers to get to the next match, have a couple drinks night to night and it gets out of hand."

Bell wrestled on World Wrestling Entertainment's "Monday Night Raw" as a "jobber," a fighter who takes falls to promote others.

"Although Mr. Bell was never under a WWE contract, WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Bell family," the organization said.

12-19-2008, 09:04 AM
This could get messy, we have a lot of folks here that worship that stuff...

12-19-2008, 09:10 AM
That's terrible, really. Just horrible for the sport. He was an amazing athlete. *cough*

12-19-2008, 09:31 AM
Never heard of him. Though most "stars" in the WWE now I have never heard of.

Ever since The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin left, the "sport" has gone to dogshit.

I mean come on there gonna waste the sport on people like John Cena, Batista, Orton, Lashley (who left IIRC to do mma)??? LOL

12-19-2008, 10:15 AM
Wha? Wrestlers take falls? Wrestling isn't real....oh no!

12-19-2008, 10:17 AM
As long as we still have mr perfect rasslin will be ok

12-19-2008, 10:58 AM
Oh damn... I just watched Bigger, Faster, Stronger a few weeks ago. Crazy.

Ultra Peanut
12-19-2008, 11:52 AM

It's sad, and the industry pretty much chews guys up and spits them out, but I've never heard of the guy.

12-19-2008, 12:06 PM
Stone Cold Steve Austin left,

When did he leave and what is he doing now?

12-19-2008, 12:10 PM
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keg in kc
12-19-2008, 12:10 PM
Didn't this happen 4 or 5 days ago?

12-19-2008, 12:20 PM

It's sad, and the industry pretty much chews guys up and spits them out, but I've never heard of the guy.
My thoughts, too.