Friday, November 11, 2011

Health Updates

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

The last couple of weeks have been rough on the world of wrestling.  Several former superstars are recovering from potentially life threatening ailments.  And we lost one retired wrestler this week.

Killer Karl Kox died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 80.  I don't remember actually seeing Kox in action. He was big in the 1960's and 70's, long before the wrestling bug bite me.  I did find a lot of pictures of him and stories.  Apparently he wrestled some big stars of the past, including Dusty Rhodes as you see in the picture.  And judging by the photo, it's easy to see where he got the "killer" name from.  

I'm happy to report that WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Brisco is on the mend.  The former "stooge" to Vince McMahon had a stroke recently, and according to Jim Ross' blog, Brisco is recovering.  He will be undergoing more tests to figure out the source of his series of strokes.  Hopefully Jerry will be back to 100% in the near future.

Canterbury (HOG)
Mark Canterbury, better known to most of us as Henry O. Godwin, faces a long road to recovery as well.  He was severely injured in a car accident early this week.  The former WWE tag team champion suffered a broken leg, at least 12 broken ribs, and needed to have his appendix and spleen removed.  I haven't seen any updates today, but JR has been keeping fans updated on his Twitter account.

Barry Windham is also recovering after what appears to be a heart attack or a stroke.  The former NWA heavyweight champion is at a facility now learning the basics.  According to his father, Black Jack Mulligan, the WWE is helping to pay for a portion of Windham's treatment.  Windham, who is 50, nearly died.

One of my all time favorite gimmick wrestlers, Kamala, lost his foot earlier this week.  Reports on line indicate that the Ugandan giant had to have his foot amputated due to complications from high blood pressure and diabetes.  Chris Hero mentioned this in one of his tweets Thursday evening.

I personally wish all of these men speedy recoveries and happy, healthy futures.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all their families, and to the family of Karl Kox.  Rest in Peace.

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