Who was Brian Pillman and what was his cause of death?

WWE legend Brian Pillman is still considered one of the most illustrious names in the wrestling industry.

From World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the 'Loose Cannon' fought through his wrestling career until his death in 1997.

Who was Brian Pillman?

Brian Pillman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 22, 1962.

With his father passing from a heart attack when he was only three months old, Pillman was raised by his mother.

Then at the age of three Pillman was diagnosed with throat cancer that led to numerous surgeries and a scarred throat.

Pillman first stepped into the world of boxing after being teased for his hoarse voice from the surgery.

After playing football throughout college, Pillman paved his way into wrestling in 1986 with his debut in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion.

He then made his way into WCW in 1989 and continued to wrestle for seven years where he earned the title, 'Loose Cannon.'

Unfortunately, a car accident occurred in April 1996, causing severe ankle injuries and eventually limiting his wrestling abilities towards the latter part of his career.

Despite his injured physique Pillman still joined ECW and WWE respectively following his WCW leave until passing away in 1997.

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Was Brian Pillman married?

Pillman married Melanie Pillman on March 17, 1993.

The couple had two children together, Brian Pillman Jr and Skylar King.

They both also had two children each from previous relationships, completing a total of six children together.

Melanie Pillman passed away in June 2022 from a cause yet to be officially announced.

"Thank you mom for bringing me into this world and for trying your best. You were my number 1 fan. Rest In Peace. I love you ❤️," wrote her son Brian Pillman Jr on his Instagram.

What was the cause of his death?

Pillman was scheduled to participate in a wrestling match with Dude Love at the WWF In Your House 18: Badd Blood.

Upon searching for Pillman's whereabouts, former professional wrestling agent Jim Cornette was directed to bring Pillman to the match.

When Cornette contacted the Budgetel Motel located in Bloomington, Minnesota to ask for Pillman, the receptionist confirmed that he was found deceased in his room earlier that day.

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With only 35 years of living, Pillman had passed away due to a heart attack.

From undetected atherosclerotic heart disease, Pillman died of the same cause as his father.

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