15 Wrestlers That Died Prematurely

Ray Gunkel

Ray Gunkel

In August 1972, Georgia wrestler Ray Gunkel died after receiving Ox Baker’s famous “heart punch.”  Baker’s blow caused a hematoma to form in Gunkel’s chest, which created a blood clot in his heart. Even though Gunkel won the wrestling match, he died that night from his injuries.

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