Former professional wrestler Andrew Martin was found dead at his apartment in Tampa Bay last night. He would have turned 34 on Tuesday.
Martin was best known to wrestling fans as Test during a better part of a decade spent in the WWE where he held various singles and tag team titles. The Canadian born wrestler was involved in an angle where he was engaged to Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of WWE owner Vince McMahon.
Like many wrestler he was known for his large, muscular physique. In February 2007, the WWE suspended Martin for violating its wellness program (re: he had a positive drug test) and was subsequently released from his contract. That summer he joined Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling (TNA) but was let go after only a month when concerns were raised about his abnormal physique.
As of this writing the cause of his death is unknown. Given the large number of deaths amongst professional wrestlers one is tempted to attribute his death to steroids or HGH. However, Martin retired from wrestling in December 2007. He was arrested for drunk driving in April 2008 but not charged. Unless he had some unknown existing medical condition there is every reason to believe that a substance of some kind be it to enhance performance or for recreational purposes caused his death
What spooks me here is that last night I had a dream in which several current and retired professional wrestlers appeared and he was one of them.