Andrew “Test” Martin – breaking news that ‘Test’ has been found dead on March 13, 2009 at just 33 years of age, only a few days short of his 34th birthday.
Martin’s last stint in the WWE lasted from 2006-2007 but saw him (and others) leave under a cloud after falling foul of the company’s Wellness Policy. Early reports are sketchy and speculative but some are attributing his early death as a result of steroid abuse and / or a drug overdose, adding to a long list of wrestlers who have met an early death.
More to follow.
Update: April, 2009
The cause of death has now been established as accidental drug overdose. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner announced that the cause of death was Oxycodone intoxication and ruled the manner of death was accidental overdose.
Oxycodone is the addictive ingredient found in the painkiller OxyContin.
The pill, dubbed ‘Hillbilly heroin’, is widely abused and linked to hundreds of deaths in the US including that of Test’s fellow wrestler Sensational Sherri Martel and Oscar winning actor Heath Ledger.