Monday, November 14, 2005
Autopsy planned to determine cause of death
MINNEAPOLIS -- There were no immediate signs of foul play in
the death of a World Wrestling Entertainment star whose body was
found in a Minneapolis hotel room, authorities said.
An autopsy to determine how 38-year-old Eduardo Gory Guerrero
died was planned for Monday. On its Web site, the Stamford,
Conn.-based WWE said Guerrero's body will then be flown to Phoenix
and funeral arrangements are set for Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Guerrero, a featured star on the UPN show "WWE Smackdown!",
was in Minneapolis for a Sunday night WWE show at Target Center.
Authorities said Guerrero didn't respond to a wake-up call
Sunday morning. His nephew, fellow WWE wrestler Chavo Guerrero, and
hotel security at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center forced their
way into the room and found the 5-foot-8, 220-pound wrestler on the
floor. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
His nephew said Guerrero was open about past drug and alcohol
abuse but had been sober for four years. Guerrero was married and
had three children.
"This is a huge loss," said WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
"Eddie was a wonderful, fun-loving human being. Eddie was a
Guerrero was a son of Mexican wrestler Gory Guerrero.
In February 2004, Guerrero became the second wrestler of
Hispanic heritage to be WWE champion when he defeated Brock Lesnar,
a former University of Minnesota wrestling standout. Guerrero lost
the title four months later.
In May 2004, UPN aired the special "Cheating Death, Stealing
Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story." The one-hour program chronicled
his childhood and his struggle with drug addiction that almost cost
him his job, family and life before his recovery and eventual
capture of the WWE championship.
Guerrero grew up in El Paso, Texas. He and his three older
brothers were all wrestlers.