Thursday, September 17, 2009

Indy Wrestler Death Under Investigation

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Philadelphia Police are investigating the mysterious death of a minor league professional wrestler.

Matt "Riot" Lowry, 21, died at Hahnemann University Hospital Tuesday after collapsing during a training exercise at "The Arena" on Ritner Street in South Philadelphia Monday.

Lowry hoped to wrestle for CZW-Combat Zone Wrestling, described on its Web site as Ultra Violent Entertainment. While detectives tried to piece together exactly what happened, promoter Dave Markland told CBS 3 Lowry was stricken as he exercised with a trainer outside the ring.

Markland, who is also the owner of CZW, was told by paramedics that Lowry suffered no head trauma or bruising, but died from a brain hemorrhage.

A man who trained Lowry told CBS 3 that the athlete was not injured inside the ring when the injury occurred.

Lowry was originally from Ohio, but neighbors said he was visiting a friend in Westville, New Jersey.

Lowry was not a member of the CZW, and was just training with a friend, who is a trainer for the independent wrestling troupe.

Adding to the tragedy for family members and friends, Lowry's mother died within the past year, forcing him to stop wrestling. He had only recently moved here from Ohio to resume his career.

Police are hoping eyewitness interviews and the results of an autopsy will provide important information about what caused Lowry's death. But as they await the results of toxicology tests, the final answers could be weeks away.


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