News hit today about the passing of Matt Osborne, aka the original Doink the Clown.
Here is the official statement released by the WWE on wwe.com:
“A rugged brawler in promotions like Mid-South Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, Osborne made a major impact in WWE under the greasepaint of a prankster named Doink — one of the most enduring personas of the early ’90s.
“WWE is saddened by the news of Osborne’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne’s family, friends and fans.”
The cause of death is still unknown at this time, however TMZ is reporting their sources say his death was accidental (http://www.tmz.com/2013/06/28/doink-the-clown-wwe-wrestler-matt-osborne/).
Osborne was 55 years old.
The wrestling community reacts to Osborne’s death on Twitter:
Rob Van Dam (RVD):
The Iron Sheik:
Pro Wrestling Illustrated:
‘DOMINO’ Cliff Compton:
Gregory Shane Helms a.k.a The Hurricane: