David Rhodes of the BBC World Service did an article on wrestlers dying young. The piece specifically looked at the sudden death of Roddy Piper, also mentioning the deaths of The Ultimate Warrior and Mr. Perfect that preceded him. WWE issued a statement for the piece that we’ll include below:
"Unfortunately, some past performers were part of a generation of wrestlers who made unhealthy and poor personal lifestyle choices, which in some cases continued beyond their years in the ring," a spokesman said in a statement.
"Today's athletes take great pride and personal responsibility for their overall health and well-being.
"Notwithstanding, WWE talent are subject to random drug testing and expected to live healthy lifestyles, reinforced through our Talent Wellness Program, which was instituted in 2006.”
CLICK HERE to read the piece on BBC.com.