Matt Osborne, The Original Doink The Clown, Dead At 56

Matt Osborne, the son of “Tough” Tony Borne, and best known for portraying the original Doink to Clown in the WWF has died. Details are sketchy but he was found dead in Texas on Friday by his girlfriend. He was 56 years-old.

Osborne had numerous gimmicks throughout his career, spanning from the 1980s all the way into the 2000s. He worked as Big Josh in WCW in the early 90′s. His latest appearance on WWE television came on the 15th Anniversary of WWE Raw on December 10, 2007, where he worked as Doink in a Legends Battle Royal.

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  • Kenneth

    He’s not dead. It’s an illuuuuuuusion.

  • Chris

    There goes TNAs big free agent signing!

  • Paul

    Heart attack I presume?

  • Dave Barton

    So sad. He and I went to the same chiropractor since I moved here 2 years ago, always hoped I’d run into him there. I followed his career since his time with Don Owens’ PNW territory, through Georgia, Mid-South, Texas, WCW, WWF, and ECW.

  • Tj

    Another WWF wrestler dying of the effects of using steroids use for years. Vince is and aways an idiot, when it come his type of wrestler ( i met entertaner as Vince calls them). I hate WWF.

  • Eddie

    God Bless You, Matthew Osborne (a.k.a. “Maniac” Matt Borne, Big Josh, and Doink the Clown). R. I. P. :(