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WWE News: Pro wrestling community reacts to passing of Matt Osborne, a.k.a Doink the Clown

Matt Osborne, a.k.a the original Doink the Clown, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013. PHOTO: WWE.COM

Matt Osborne, a.k.a the original Doink the Clown, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013. PHOTO: WWE.COM

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):

RVD

Jim Ross:Jim Ross

The Iron Sheik:

Iron Shiek

Tatanka:

Tatanka

Pro Wrestling Illustrated:

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‘DOMINO’ Cliff Compton:

domino

Gregory Shane Helms a.k.a The Hurricane:

Hurricane

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