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Yet another one bites the dust!

Chase Tatum, a former pro-wrestler battling an addiction to painkillers, was found dead in his home on Sunday after suffering an apparent accidental drug overdose, according to his father, Roy Tatum.

"He was in the process of getting his life back together," the elder Tatum said Monday. "He was confident he was going to turn things around, to live a normal life again without those painkillers."

Chase Tatum's wrestling career was unplanned and short-lived. He made his debut in 1999.

But his father advised his son against becoming a pro wrestler.

"How long can you last in that field. They go in with their eyes closed, think they'll make some quick money and then get out."

Chase Tatum retired from wrestling after about 2 1/2 years. His brief wrestling career left him with severe back problems but WITHOUT health insurance to pay for the surgery.

That sucks!

In addition to acting and wrestling, Chase Tatum also worked as a road manager and personal assistant for Outkast. He recently appeared in the comedy Who's Your Caddy? alongside rapper Big Boi of Outkast.

Wrestling is hazardous to your life, y'all.

Be careful!

[Image via WENN]

90 comments to “Wrestling Kills”

  1. su says – reply to this


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    first???

  2. your mom says – reply to this


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    NOT FIRST HA HA HA HA!

  3. Cara Nicole says – reply to this


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    first!

  4. your mom again says – reply to this


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    jeez, wrestlers are dropping like flies. :( it's sad. they are portrayed like superheros.

  5. kis says – reply to this


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    ug;y

  6. chitchatcat says – reply to this


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    dam…2nd

  7. joe says – reply to this


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    FIRST

  8. crong says – reply to this


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    weeeee you're dead biatch

  9. Racquel says – reply to this


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    Let's be clear here: FAKE wrestling is hazardous to your health.

  10. you suck says – reply to this


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    Perez what the hell is wrong with you to say "ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST" I KNEW YOU WERE A SICK TWISTED PERSON BUT TO FUCKING SAY THAT LIKE WHO CARES SOMEONE DIES! HOW THE HELL WOULD YOU FEEL IF THAT WAS YOUR MOM OR DAD OR BROTHER OR SON AUNT UNCLE OR COUSIN. YOU ARE DIGUSTING PERSON… AND I FEEL BAD FOR YOU.. YOU ARE A LOW LOW PERSON..

  11. LYN says – reply to this


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    IS HE RELATED TO CHANNING TATUM?!

  12. Areli says – reply to this


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    eh that sucks

  13. bartolome says – reply to this


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    DOES ANYONE HERE CAN EXPLAIN WHY MARIAH CAREY LOOKS LIKE A FAT MONKEY WITH A WIG AND BOOBS?? PLEASE…. I BEG YOU.

  14. Melissa says – reply to this


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    "Wrestling is hazardous to your life! " - That statement is so blatently inaccurate. Wrestling is not what kills these guys - its all the shit they are pumping into their bodies. You most certainly can wrestle without steroids and painkillers and other junk. WRESTLING is not the cause here, and thats just ignorant of you to say.

  15. MARLON 99X says – reply to this


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    2nd …………! Damn….This is a shame and this was a big huge white guy….YUMMY FROM HEAD TO TOE!!!! Damn baby I wish you were my BODY guard. I love big white guys like him. Love them southern white beefy boys. I heard his story on the news this morning on the news. A damn shame!

  16. Margot says – reply to this


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    Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  17. get with it! says – reply to this


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    dude, perez!!! u site is failing man! im a big fan of this place but half the news you have is not fresh! i read this yesterday!
    you used to be so on top of it all…..now that ur venturing out into ither media and capitalizing on ur "fame" ur site is startin to kinda suck balls! get with it!

  18. Jables says – reply to this


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    I'm inclined to agree with Melissa. We can't hold the industry accountable for what these guys get into. It is a cold, calloused industry. Yes, there isn't money for retirement and health insurance. But WCW was famous for giving out big money contracts and as Finlay said on Nancy Grace last June, "You get the money to invest in that. You want to buy a Rolex or a Mercedes, then that's your problem." It's sad that these guys are dying so much. But we're in March and have only had two pro wrestling deaths reported, alongside Gary Hart. That's a good sign because 2007 was a bad year, and so was 2003. We can't hold these promoters accountable for what the wrestlers are getting into. They're adults, and they can account for what they do.

  19. >>>>>I'm Just Sayin' says – reply to this


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    Fabolous is doing a song with Britney Spears on an upcoming album of hers.

  20. Dan says – reply to this


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    Perez, sucking AIDS filled cocks isn't too good for you either, you doughy fat tub of HIV.

  21. xuszerep says – reply to this


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    Okay, I don't mean to sound insensitive, but who cares. Anyone who is addicted to drugs so badly their deaths were bound to happen. I just don't understand why people drink or do drugs, it's not like they help you accomplish you life's goals.

  22. jbonz says – reply to this


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    Correction: being a dumbshit is hazardous to your life.

  23. HERMAN says – reply to this


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    GIVE ME A BREAK! IF YOUR MIDDLE NAME IS "HITLER" YOU WERE RAISED TO BE AND ARE GOING TO GROW UP TO BE A NAZI! AND IF YOUR MIDDLE NAME IS "HUSSEIN" YOU ARE A MUSLIM!!!! YOU CANT FOOL US!!!!

  24. JR says – reply to this


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    I hate wrestlers and the whole thing is such a joke anyways and people actually watch this crap???? I am not saying that this guy deserved to die but I just think that the whole wrestling thing should be stopped not to mention I bet you this guy is a complete douche just because he is big and muscular but not in a normal way ,I'm sure he had the smallest dick too hahahahaha . Steroid is great it makes someone's dick shrink, never will understand why anyone would use it either . Although this guy overdosed on painkillers I bet you too much use of steroid didn't help either. Oh well .

  25. jbonz says – reply to this


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    And remember kiddies: not ALL wrestlers go on to become fabulous superstar celebrities like Hulk Hogan.

  26. STFU says – reply to this


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    Re: Dan – asshole and if you post here on Perez I bet you suck dick too and FYI breeders like you can get AIDS/HIV too . Knowledge is power ,and since you will never have it chances are you are the one that will die of AIDS because you are a DUMBASS

  27. JB4065 says – reply to this


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    I knew this man, he was kind, sweet and very caring. It is terribly sad for his family.

  28. shanda says – reply to this


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    Please. I guarantee you wrestling didnt have shit to do with this dudes death. You dont become addicted the second you walk into a locker room. He probably had the habit before and thought the money from wrestling would support his habit.

  29. DAN IS A COCK SUCKER says – reply to this


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    Re: Dan – but he is a CLOSET QUEEN that pretends he like vagina but post here on Perez

  30. Tits McGee says – reply to this


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    just because this guy 'wrestled" for 6 weeks in 1999 or whatever it was, don't blame his death 9 years later on the industry.
    No wrestling fan has ever heard of him, so lumping him in with any of the somewhat recent higher profile deaths is a poor grab at attention. and a fail one at that

  31. Tits McGee says – reply to this


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    sorry for your loss, JB

  32. JB4065 says – reply to this


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    How easy it seems to speak of someone none of you know… I guess that what keeps the rumors fueling. Though his "life" as a wrestler was brief due to a severe trauma Chase had begun a very bright future as an actor and commercial talent. Thanks for the regards Tits!

    Peace–

  33. Marsha Brady says – reply to this


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    This is just sad. I feel for the family and this young man. May he rest in peace.

  34. Lyndsei says – reply to this


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    I wonder if he is in any way related to Channing Tatum>?

  35. Louise says – reply to this


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    This is such a shame. I was in ATL over Christmas with a friend and randomly met Chase. He told us he was a former wrestler but as we are from Ireland we didnt realise he was a big deal. He brought me and my friend out and showed us around Atlanta. He was a true gentleman and a genuine nice guy.Im completely shocked at his untimely death. My sympathies to his family and may he rest in piece. RIP

  36. Michelle says – reply to this


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    Dude seriously, check yourself. This man didn't wrestle since 1998-99. Wrestling had NOTHING to do with it. I feel bad for his family, but don't blame an industry that he was no longer part of.

  37. Wanda says – reply to this


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    I'm sorry for his family. With that said, there is a difference between getting hooked on pain killers because you are playing with them and needing them so you can live your life. Sadly, too many people do not know the difference. If you are going to need them for the rest of your life because of some injury, who cares if your body is hooked on them? My husband's is hooked but he is not addicted. Could he live with out them? He has and he chooses not to live in agony. That's not living at all.

  38. your step mom says – reply to this


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    your a fag man….. yet another one bites the dust whats that mean.. u talking about chris benoit? man fuck you lucky your american.. i dont have to worry about u not succeeding in whatever u do.. you'll probably get torrorized by another country. yet another tower bites the dust should i say?

  39. SarahBell says – reply to this


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    I agree with #14 Melissa. Wrestling doesn't kill these people. That's ridiculous to even say that is does.

  40. i am gulliver says – reply to this


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    check out the huge number of wwe wrestlers that have died inthe past 20 years all under the age of 40 under strange circumstances

  41. DAN'S FANTASY MAN BIT IT BOO HOO HOO says – reply to this


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    Re: Dick Chompin' Dan – AREN'T YOU FINDING SOLACE WHILE JERKING OFF TO HIS POSTERS THAT LINE YOUR BEDROOM WALLS???

  42. nonCyboy says – reply to this


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    I'm so glad Britney's on the mend.

  43. anti mel says – reply to this


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    Re: Melissa – wise up mel if you don,t take the dope you can,t compeat at the top do you think cena and the rest are drug free wake up and smell the needle!!!!!!!!!!

  44. wtf is wrong with you? says – reply to this


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    another one bites the dust?

    what a douche bag thing to say.

  45. k says – reply to this


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    I've known Chase since High School. He was an amazing guy and had an awesome family:( Does anyone know where the funeral is?????

  46. Spilly says – reply to this


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    perez is a douche

  47. Nanu Nanu says – reply to this


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    I have never heard of this guy. So sad, that so many people seem to die young in wrestling.

  48. Drugs are Hazardous - Not Wrestling says – reply to this


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    it only takes a certan amount to kill you, regardless if you are still in pain or haven't caught a buzz yet. once you exceed that amount, you're on the slab at the mortuary. simple math.

  49. JB4065 says – reply to this


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    K here's the funeral info…….

    Chase Tatum's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta.

    JB

  50. bree says – reply to this


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    ok, i didnt know Channing had a brother, let alone a professional wrestler..him and Channing look just alike..Chase is just heavier..RIP.

  51. Jessie says – reply to this


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    Any relation to Channing…?

  52. lulu says – reply to this


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    everyone should read "Tweak" by Nic Sheff—it will show you the horrific struggle of drug addiction

  53. ME says – reply to this


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    You are a fucking idiot. Living your life as a fucking idiot is hazardous, not wrestling. Fuck You, Perez… Fuck you in your fat, stupid face.

  54. I WONDER IF THERE ARE ANY MALE WRESTLING FANS WHO AREN'T CLOSET QUEERS? says – reply to this


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    Re: ME – There is no way to separate living one's life as an idiot and wrestling. For ALL wrestlers ARE idiots; I take it you're a fan of wrestling, which makes you an even bigger idiot. Now go grab you a huge bag of Funyuns you damn moron.

  55. Jude Starr says – reply to this


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    Very sad, but it's not the wrestling that's bad for the health Perez, it's drugs. Like anywhere, you can chose to do the right thing or the wrong thing. If you pick the wrong road, you pay the price. A sad fact of life. RIP Chase Tatum.

  56. dan35 says – reply to this


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    Its so sad that industry. Roddy Pipers a God for surviving it all even with cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. AMO says – reply to this


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    He looks so young… sad.

  58. Joe says – reply to this


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    I wouldn't even call him a wrestler. He wrestled for maybe 2 years, and hasn't been in a ring in 7 years. It's kinda like calling Eddie Murphy a singer.

  59. KING OF MEAN says – reply to this


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    Yeah, that sure sounds like he was trying to get his life "together"… dying of a drug OVERDOSE is pretty good evidence that he was just about to turn that corner. Good Riddance, druggie wrestler!!!

  60. Perez SUCKS says – reply to this


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    And 1 man buttfucking another man kills as well, you should know that you worthless fat fuck.

  61. Bill Sharp says – reply to this


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    Chase Tatum was an awesome wrestler and actor. he won MR GA when he was only 19. I love him and will miss him terribly. he was always a very good
    friend to me and i am ashamed of what people are saying about him, he let wrestling long ago and never looked back. he had moved on to do much better things with his life.. he was a son, brother, uncle and fantastic friend. i am most proud of him for never givng up. the kind of pain that he lived with would have killed most and he was glad to do it. he had surgery to correct his bacl issues. he did not survive that surgery long enough to enjoy life on earth but those that knew chase know that he is living life in heaven and he will be there for us holding the door. he was polite and good looking he was funny and motivational. … to you chase…. thank you so much for the calvin johnson autograph… i am terribly sorry that i never told you this or how much i love you brother. those that know chase know that the garbage being spoken about him would have never ever been said to his face… so we will just act like you were talking about some other wrestler and we will hold him up…. oh and chases only brother is colin… not channing… no relation…

    now someone throw peeerez and the rest of these hates a DICK!!!!

  62. Tabitha says – reply to this


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    Perez! Im disappointed youd even say this… Wrestling is not hazardous to anything! Pro wrestlers today know what theyre doing and entertain millions in the process. Since the Chris Benoit tragedy, everyone is pointing fingers at the sport. Why isnt everyone focusing on ultimate fighting or boxing? Theyre violent.

    This is sickening that youre painting a bad picture of a great sport. Please stop.

  63. lame says – reply to this


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    ummmmm???????? who the hell cares????????/

  64. ass says – reply to this


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    "Yet another one bites the dust!"

    Have some respect you fucking loser.

  65. Jake says – reply to this


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    Re: Tabitha

    I've got to agree with Tabitha.

    Wrestling is a great sport, and I'm proud to say I've been a fan my entire life.

    Chase has been out of wrestling for nearly 7 years, wrestling had nothing to do with his death.

    Perez, you need to stop trying to pain a negative picture on pro-wrestling.

  66. SAxlerod says – reply to this


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    If wrestling is truly fake, are the injuries fake also? I lot of these guys seem like they a 5th grade education and don't know how to do anything else. Shame!!!

  67. troll got DENIED! says – reply to this


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    HAHAHA PEREZ GOT KNOCKED BACK FROM VILLA! Made a certain someones night, who is fucking AWESOME UNLIKE YOU PEREZ!!!! hope you enjoyed your moment of SHAME!

  68. Kristina says – reply to this


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    I really think you should stop making wrestling seem as though it's the deadliest thing in the world. You can't blame Vince McMahon or anyone for these guys' stupid mistakes. Take Jeff Hardy who was recently suspended, hes been offered help but like these clebrities (Amy, Lindsay) he also thinks he doesn't have a problem. There's only so much you can do to help someone. I think you need to stop insulting us wrestling fans Perez because there's alot of celebrities "hitting the dust" too buddy.

  69. david says – reply to this


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    that's too bad. he was hot.

  70. Da R says – reply to this


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    how can wrestling be hazardous to your health? it's as fake as mariah carey.

  71. keith says – reply to this


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    CHASE WAS A GREAT GUY… HE WAS LOVED BY ALOT OF PEOPLE HERE IN ATLANTA,, I WILL MISS YOU BRO… MAY YOU REST IN PEACE

  72. keith says – reply to this


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    Re: Bill Sharp – HEY BILL… CHASE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE ALSO,…. I WILL MISS HIM ALOT… I KNOW HE LOVED THE LORD.. THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM WAS IN THE GYM.. THAT WAS ABOUT A YEAR AGO OR SO…

  73. jbonz says – reply to this


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    Professional wrestling is as fake as Michael Jackson's nose.
    But it is hazardous, just as being a stunt man on an action movie is hazardous.
    It is also sub-moronic closet queer beat-off fodder and anyone who is a fan of wrestling is a complete idiot.

  74. Candy Girl says – reply to this


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    Perez ERES un GORDO feo CULO roto!

  75. oyeah says – reply to this


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    Wrestling doesn't necessarily kill, but drugs do. He apparently wasn't very far into "getting his life back together". Sad, Sad, Sad.

  76. tatum says – reply to this


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    is he related to channing??? he kinda looks like him!

  77. PKG says – reply to this


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    OMG Im am sitting here in a state of shock..i use to work with Chase with Outkast….he was one of the sweetest..nicest guys…PH thanks for reporting this…or I would have never known..im sitting here with tears in my eyes..that really breaks my heart..:-(…:-(..may he rest peace

  78. rozy says – reply to this


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    RIP
    thats sad

  79. Jasmine says – reply to this


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    What kind of wrestling are you talking about? That WWWF shit?

    I do proper wrestling, i.e olympic wrestling, which is brilliant all over exercise. That doesn't kill people, as it's a proper sport.

  80. Martha says – reply to this


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    Too bad. He looked like a hot piece of ass.

  81. !$!$!$!$LeonA'$ Gho$T, yea, uh huh, back and BETTER THAN EVER, biyatches!!!$!$!$!$!$ says – reply to this


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    Re: Martha – Martha, dear, that was un-called for–
    but I couldn't help but LMAO!

  82. d says – reply to this


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    That's nice, someone dies and you make a joke of it. What comes around goes around.

  83. rick flair says – reply to this


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    chase gave decent head!

  84. brooke hogan says – reply to this


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    i gave him good head! better than i give daddy

  85. MelKa says – reply to this


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    Why are pain killers addictive in USA?
    What's up with them?
    I don't get it.

  86. TJ says – reply to this


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    Re: rick flair – What is wrong with this world ??? When a man dies you people think that this is some kind of joke.. Think about this..
    WE all have demons …SO BACK OFF YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF ASSHOLE…

    GROW UP… THIS COULD BE SOMEONE THAT YOU KNOW AND CARE ABOUT ONE DAY..
    CHASE WAS A GOOD GUY I KNEW HIM TO BE NO OTHER THEN STRAIGHT FORWARD…

  87. wow says – reply to this


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    OK when you ppl talk about wrestling being fake is that they follow scripts and everything is planned.That doesn't mean its fake cuz the injuries are real and getting body slammed on your back for like 7 years or so it affects your body alot.Give credit to these people they are in the road for alot of days and miss on alot of their lifes just to entertain us and put on a good show.So what if wrestling is not real?Movies aren't real and people still watch them and so is wrestling and not everything is about the guys wrestlers there are hot chicks that wrestle really good Like Melina Perez so its a win win situation!Every one says wrestling is bad and so many people are dying but that's cuz of the steroids they use but now in WWE they have a policy and am sure most of the current WWE superstars are clean!Give credit for them because they learn moves that i bet none of you and not even Perez can do!!they are really athletic people that have alot to offer and just because an obese asshole says pro wrestling is bad it doesn't mean that millions of fans around the world that love WWE are going to change their minds!I have alot of respect for the Men and Women in the wwe because they have to hurt their bodies just to put on a show and jackasses like some of you don't realise that!

  88. lakevubud says – reply to this


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    The real tragedy is that he had NO HEALTH INSURANCE and he became addicted to Pain Killers because of Physical Injuries!

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  90. lynsay says – reply to this


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    if you are going to shove that shite up your nose, then more fool you you daft son of a beatch!!!!