The wrestling world has been rocked by more tragedy after independent star Danny Havoc died on Sunday.
Already mourning the loss of Shad Gaspard and Hana Kimura late last month, fans were faced with fresh devastation after news of Havoc’s death.
Real name Grant Berkland, Havoc was a fan favourite in Game Changer Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling.
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His death reportedly comes just months after wife Brianne Morrow died of heart failure in April.
“With a broken heart, the GCW family mourns the loss of Grant Berkland aka Danny Havoc,” Game Changer Wrestling said in a statement.
“Danny was an incredibly talented, intelligent, caring & genuine person.
“He was also an elite performer that entertained a generation of fans & inspired a generation of aspiring performers.”
With a broken heart, the GCW family mourns the loss of Grant Berkland aka Danny Havoc.— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) June 1, 2020
Danny was an incredibly talented, intelligent, caring & genuine person.
He was also an elite performer that entertained a generation of fans & inspired a generation of aspiring performers. pic.twitter.com/L7By79UEKN
Combat Zone Wrestling said Havoc’s death ‘cuts deep’.
“He was an inspiration to so many and a friend to all and our hearts go out to his family and loved ones,” CZW said.
“We can take a small comfort in knowing the entire wrestling community are sharing the same grief right now.”
This cuts too deep. Grant "Danny Havoc" Berkland. He was an inspiration to so many and a friend to all and our hearts go out to his family and loved ones.— CZW Combat Zone Wrestling (@combatzone) June 1, 2020
We can take a small comfort in knowing the entire wrestling community are sharing the same grief right now.#RIPDannyHavoc pic.twitter.com/2AbDxYRb6I
Stars from WWE and AEW were among those to pay tribute on social media.
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of Danny Havoc, our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/7VU84Z2vcP— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 1, 2020
Rest In Peace Danny Havoc.— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) June 1, 2020
Absolutely heartbroken.— The DRAW (@TheSamiCallihan) June 1, 2020
I wouldn’t be who I am today without Danny Havoc.
Absolute genius who never got the credit he deserved.
Im beyond privileged to been able to travel the world with him.
Reach out to your loved one. Life is so short.
Love you Grant.
Danny Havoc always extended kindness to me and welcomed me into the CZW family. My heart hurts for his friends and loved ones.— The Bunny 🐇 (@AllieWrestling) June 1, 2020
Rest easy, friend. 😔
I’m so sorry for Danny Havoc’s family, friends and fans.— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) June 1, 2020
I didn’t know him well but all I’ve ever heard about him throughout the years painted him as a passionate, kind-hearted guy.
The pro wrestling community has lost yet another good one...
Take care of each other, guys. ❤️
RIP Danny Havoc....man, 2020 is just awful— Tegan Nox 🏴 (@TeganNoxWWE_) June 1, 2020
I shared a locker room a few times w/ Danny Havoc but didn’t know him on a personal level. Reading all the wonderful stories/memories from his friends makes it clear that the we lost someone special.— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) June 1, 2020
My sincere condolences to his friends, family and fans. Rest in power, Danny.
Devastating trend for professional wrestling
Kimura and Gaspard died within days of each other in May.
Kimura, a Japanese pro wrestler who also appeared in the latest series of the popular reality show ‘Terrace House’ died at the age of 22.
Stardom Wrestling confirmed Kimura's death, saying details are still largely unknown and the group was co-operating in an investigation.
“We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the organisation said in a statement.
Kimura was found dead at her home, Japanese media said.
The tragedy came just days after former WWE star Shad Gaspard drowned after getting in trouble while swimming at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
Police confirmed Gaspard’s body had been found after he was caught in a rip current.
Gaspard went missing after he went swimming with his 10-year-old son, Aryeh.
The boy was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely, with Gaspard reportedly telling lifesavers to help his son first.
Gaspard, 39, gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Tyme, along with his partner, JTG.
After retiring in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”
He was about 50 metres from shore when he was last spotted by a lifeguard, police said.
A wave crashed over him and he was swept out to sea.
All death is bad but between Danny Havoc, Shad Gaspard, Hana Kimura and Larry Csonka, this has been one nightmare month in terms of losing people that were beloved by nearly 100% of people that ever actually knew them.— Trevor Dame (@TrevorDame) June 1, 2020
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