April 2, 2010 – Wrestler Chris Kanyon was found dead in his Queens New York apartment due to an apparent overdose. Initial reports indicate that it is a possible suicide. He was 40 years old. He may have won a lot of fights within the ring, however this long fought fight he lost.
As a young man, after graduating college, Kanyon worked as a physical therapist for three years, while wrestling on weekends and in the evenings. He finally decided to become a full-time professional wrestler in 1995.
In October 2001 Kanyon tore his left ACL during a match. He underwent surgery with Dr. James Andrews in Alabama and was sidelined for a period of time. In May 2002, Kanyon was cleared to compete and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling in hopes to restore himself to full fitness. However, while wrestling in July 2002, Kanyon injured his left shoulder. He underwent surgery but during his hospitalization he developed a medication reaction that nearly cost him his life. He gradually recovered and was discharged from hospital after having lost 32 lb in the interim. Health issues would continue to plague him for the rest of his life. In 2006, Kanyon, along with 2 other professional wrestlers, attempted to sue WWE for “cheating them out of health care and other benefits” but a federal judge dismissed the case.
Kanyon’s work was often dark and depressive. One of his personalities was Mortis, which is a Latin word meaning death. This personality he played was an amalgamation of two characters from the fighting game Mortal Kombat. They were Reptile and Scorpion. In 2003 he returned to the main Smack Down roster, emerging from a crate dressed as Boy George singing the song “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? He opponent he was singing to was The Undertaker, prompting The Undertaker to attack him. Late in his career he admitted he was a homosexual which cost him a lot professionally.
Locally, Kanyon is remembered for his arrest in October 2004. He was arrested in Ybor City Tampa Florida for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He publicly claimed he did nothing wrong and he as attempting to break up a fight. He was released the same day on bond.
Kanyon won the World Championship Wrestling Tag Team championship twice. He also won the World Wrestling Federation WCW U.S. championship once and the WWF Tag Team championship once. In spite of these accomplishments the most important battle of his life he has appeared to have lost.