DEAD: ON THIS DATE
“Ravishing” Rick Rude (aged 40)
American professional wrestler
Richard Erwin Rood (December 7, 1958 – April 20, 1999), better known by his ring name “Ravishing” Rick Rude, was an American professional wrestlerwho performed for many promotions, including World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
DEATH: Rood was found unconscious by his wife and died on the morning of April 20, 1999, at the age of 40 when he suffered from heart failure. He was survived by his wife, Michelle, and their three children. An autopsyreport showed he died from an overdose of “mixed medications”. At the time of his death, Rude was in training for a return to the ring.