Former professional wrestler Chris
Kanyon (real name Chris Klucsaritis) is dead at 40.
Kanyon is believed to have died from a
drug overdose Friday in his Queens, New York apartment, according to
Internet reports. He suffered from bipolar disorder and bouts of
In the late 90s, Kanyon wrestled in the
WCW, then moved on to the WWE until his retirement from professional
wrestling in 2004. Kanyon continued on the independent circuit for a
couple more years.
The six-foot-four wrestler debuted in
1997 in a tag team called Men at Work that included Mark Starr. The
men worked the crowd as two construction workers and appeared in the
ring wearing overalls. Kanyon would often be seen taking
measurements with a tape measure.
In 2006, Kanyon alleged the WWE
released him because he was gay, a statement he later recanted,
saying he was really straight. Kanyon, however, later acknowledged
he was gay.