DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Iron Mike DiBiase (aged 45)
American professional wrestler
Michael DiBiase (December 24, 1923 – July 2, 1969) was an Italian American professional wrestler, also known by his ring name “Iron” Mike DiBiase. The adoptive father of professional wrestler “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, he was married to Ted’s mother Helen Hild (also a professional wrestler), and was the grandfather of Mike, Ted Jr., and Brett DiBiase.
DEATH: DiBiase is one of several professional wrestlers to die during a match. On July 2, 1969, in Lubbock, Texas, DiBiase had a fatal heart attack in the ring during a match with Man Mountain Mike. Harley Race, recognizing a heart attack, performed CPR on DiBiase and then rode in the ambulance with him. DiBiase was pronounced dead at the hospital.