Former WWE Superstar Crush died at only 43, but who was he in WWE?
Brian Keith Adams, aka Crush, was. He is a professional wrestler known for his time with WWF under the ring name Crush. He wrestled for WCW as well under his real name Brian Adams.
Adams was born in Kona, Hawaii, and after graduating from high school, Adams joined the US Air force, where he began boxing. After appearing for several independent wrestling promotions, he debuted for WWF in June 1990 as “Crush” as the third Tag Team Champions Demolition member.
The trio of Demolition allowed the combination of the three to defend the tag team title, which permitted Crush to become a Tag Team Champion. After some time, WWF decided to disband Demolition as a team. Adams went to PNW for some time, then again came back to work for the WWF in 1992, where he was used as a new character of an easy-going surfing Hawaiian who wore bright neon tights and utilized a new two-handed skull vice finisher called the Cranium Crunch.
He had won a fair share of Championships across various promotions. In All Japan Pro Wrestling, Adams became the World Tag Team Champion once with Bryan Clark. In Oregon Wrestling Federation (OWF), he became the OWF Tag Team Champion on one occasion with Mike Miller.
In World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Adams won the WCW World Tag Team Championship twice with Bryan Clark. In WWF, he won the WWF World Tag Team Championship once.
How did Crush die?
On August 13, 2007, Brian Adams, aka Crush, was found dead by his wife at their Tampa, Florida, home. It was later concluded by the medical examiner that the cause of death as a result of mixing painkiller buprenorphine with the muscle relaxant carisoprodol and the sedatives alprazolam and chlordiazepoxide.
The coroner determined that the drugs in his system were individually at therapeutic levels. Still, the combination of all of them impeded the normal functioning of his respiratory system, leading to his death. He was just 43 years old.
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