Saturday, October 20, 2012

Retired Wrestler Mike Graham Found Dead In Daytona Beach, Florida

Michael Gossett, professionally known as Mike Graham, passed away Friday at the age of 61.

He was in Daytona Beach, Florida for Biketoberfest and his wife found him deceased. Additional details concerning his death have not been released.

Former WWE wrestler Dustin Rhodes tweeted Friday afternoon, "R.I.P. to my mentor in the business mike graham. My god be with his family. He will be missed. Love u mike."

Rhodes continued, "Alcohol and drugs are not the answer kids! I promise it all leads to a dark place. Stay in school, don't use and mind ur parents."

Former WWE trainer Tom Prichard wrote to Rhodes, "Just got a text from a friend about Mike. RIP. U never know where that breakin point is. He was always good to me. sad.."

He then stated, "I'm shocked but not, at the same time. Does it matter what or why? God, pls take care of Mike. Don't know what else to say."

Graham is the son of late Championship Wrestling from Florida promoter Eddie Graham. He began his wrestling career in 1972 in the promotion and competed through the early 1990s for various leagues, including the American Wrestling Association and World Championship Wrestling. He continued to work for WCW through 2000 as an agent and trainer. In 2008, he accepted his father's posthumous induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

According to, multiple sources have said that his death was as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was in Daytona Beach, Florida for "Biketoberfest" and his wife found him deceased.

Graham's father, Eddie Gossett, famously known as Eddie Graham, an influential Florida wrestling promoter, also committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot. This occurred on January 21, 1985, following a lifelong battle with alcoholism.

Meanwhile, the official WWE website issued the following statement this afternoon: "WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Graham, 61, son of legendary promoter Eddie Graham. While never under contract with WWE, he was part of our extended family. The sports-entertainment world lost a beloved member today. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to his family and friends."

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