”Nature Boy” Buddy Landel (whose real name was William Ansor) died at his home in Chillhowee, Virginia on Monday. He was 53.
A report by Dave Meltzer states Landel was in a car accident over the weekend, returned home on Sunday and when his wife went to check on him on Monday, he had died.
WWE issued the following statement:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of William Ansor, aka “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.
Landel made his in-ring debut in 1979, performing in regional promotions before signing in 1985 with the NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions. With flowing blond locks, glittering robes and WWE Hall of Famer J.J. Dillon in his corner, Landel set his sights on then-NWA World Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Though he left Crockett Promotions by the end of the year, Landel left his mark, defeating Terry Taylor at Starrcade 1985 to capture the NWA National Championship.
Landel continued to compete in various promotions in Tennessee and Alabama, then returned to the NWA in 1990 to face off with Flair in a “Battle of the Nature Boys,” before moving on to compete in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He also made brief appearances in WWE in 1995 and 1996.
WWE extends its condolences to Landel’s family, friends and fans.
Jesse Sherwood notes Landel was one of the four along with Jerry Lawler, Dutch Mantel and Bill Dundee, that wrestled in the 26 fall Texas Death Match that was the last time the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN was sold out.
Mike Mooneyham did a piece on him with quotes back in 2011 that you can read at this link.