WWE star Sean O'Haire dead at 43
Former wrestling star Sean O'Haire was found dead on Tuesday at the age of 43 in his home.
The WCW and WWE wrestler was discovered at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he died of unknown causes, TMZ reported. The city coroner claims there was no foul play suspected and they are waiting on toxicology reports that may explain O'Haire's unexpected early death.
The wrestling tag team champion made his debut with the WCW Power Plant in 2000 where he won multiple times, including the last championship with partner Chuck Palumbo before the organization shut down. O'Haire then moved on to the WWE as Rowdy Roddy Piper's protégé, but he faded away when Piper left in 2003, leaving himself in 2004.
Next, O'Haire briefly transitioned into kickboxing, but he wasn't very successful at it, losing all four of his K-1 bouts by knockout, the Bleacher Report revealed. However, he had much better luck with MMA when he stopped his first two opponents in the first round. Although he was defeated himself by famed fighter TKO in the first round, O'Haire went on to win a couple of fights for the Champions Quest promotion.
O'Haire, whose real name is Sean Christopher Haire, ended up leaving the world of fighting and ultimately became a hair stylist. He is survived by a sister and three brothers, according to his obituary.
Upon learning of his passing, fellow WWE wrestler Billy Kidman tweeted a message of condolence to O'Haire's family. "Doesn't matter how many times it happens, it never gets easier. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. #RIPSeanOHaire."