DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Mr. Perfect (aged 44)
American professional wrestler
Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1958 – February 10, 2003) was an American professional wrestler, manager, and color commentator who performed under the name of Curt Hennig for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling(now Impact Wrestling). In the WWF, he found his greatest success as Mr. Perfect, a nickname introduced in his second run with the company which became his official ring name. Hennig is the son of wrestler Larry “The Axe” Hennig, and father of current WWE wrestler Curtis Axel.
DEATH: Hennig was married to Leonice Leonard. They had four children: Joseph, Amy, Kaite, and Hank. On February 10, 2003, Hennig was found dead in a Tampa, Florida hotel room. He was 44 years old. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office declared acute cocaine intoxication to be the cause of his death. His father said that steroids and painkillers also contributed to his death. Hennig was survived by his parents, Larry and Irene; two brothers, Randy and Jesse; two sisters, Sandra and Susan; wife Leonice; two sons, Joseph and Hank; and two daughters, Amy and Kaite. Two of his children, Joseph and Amy, are also professional wrestlers. His mausoleum is at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope, Minnesota.