DC-Note: I wasn’t a fan of WWE, but as someone who grew up watching “Lucha Libre” in South Texas I remember that my favorite wrestler was Chavo Guerrero, Sr., his brother.
MINNEAPOLIS – Eduardo Gory (Eddie/Latino Heat) Guerrero, a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar was found dead in his hotel room Sunday in Minneapolis, where he was scheduled to appear that evening in a WWE Supershow. He was 38.
When he didn’t respond to a wake-up call, hotel security at Minneapolis Marriott City Center and Guerrero’s nephew and fellow WWE wrestler, Chavo Guerrero, forced their way into the room, police said.
There were no apparent signs of foul play or suicide, police said. An autopsy was planned at the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.
He was a featured star on the UPN series “WWE Smackdown!” and son of Mexican wrestler Gory Guerrero.
Chavo Guerrero and McMahon said Guerrero was open about his past drug and alcohol abuse but they said he’d been sober for four years.
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.