Mike "Mad Dog" Bell, a well-known professional wrestler, was found dead on Sunday at a live-in rehabilitation facility in California. He was only 37.
Bell had long struggled with substance abuse, including addictions to both alcohol and prescription painkillers. Reports indicate Bell had been sober for the past 60 days since checking into the rehabilitation center. One of his roommates found his body upon returning from an outing.
AdvertisementAn autopsy could not immediately pinpoint a cause of death. Toxicology results are still pending.
Bell wrestled on World Wrestling Entertainment's "Monday Night Raw" as a "jobber," a fighter who takes falls to promote others.
He had been featured in a documentary on substance abuse. It was his own brother Chris Bell, who had produced the film "Bigger, Stronger, Faster." It seeks to examine the steroid use of his two brothers, Mike Bell and Mark "Smelly" Bell.
"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."
"Although Mr. Bell was never under a WWE contract, WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Bell family," the organization said.
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