Former WWE wrestler Mike “Mad Dog” Bell dead at 37
Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, the former pro wrestler turned personal trainer has died. He was 37.
Bell whose struggle with substance abuse was featured in the 2008 documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster,” was found dead Sunday at a Costa Mesa live-in rehabilitation facility, his family said.
An autopsy was performed but examiners couldn’t conclude right away the cause of death, said Dan Akin, a supervising deputy at the Orange County coroner’s division. The coroner is awaiting the results of toxicology tests, he said.
Mike Bell, left, with brothers Christopher, center, and Mark, right.
“Mad Dog” worked for WWE as a “jobber” – a fighter who takes falls to promote others – and fought in the early 1990s with legends including “The Undertaker,” Bret Hart and “British Bulldog.”
“Although Mr. Bell was never under a WWE contract, WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Bell family,” the organization said.
Mike Bell had long battled with his addictions to prescription painkillers and alcohol, his brother Chris said.
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