Former professional wrestler Sean Haire, who went by the stage name of Sean O’Haire, has died at the age of 43 of what is being ruled a suicide.
According to local Spartanburg, S.C. police, the WCW/WWE star was found dead in his bedroom with a rope tied around his neck in his bedroom.
O'Haire first made his World Champion Wrestling debut in 2000. During his time in the WWE, he developed a Devil’s advocate character who inspired people to commit acts of chaos. He would tell the audience to break the law, cheat on their spouses and not pay taxes before saying, "I'm not telling you anything you don't already know."
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Chuck Palumbo, who was O'Haire's tag team partner during much of his career, tweeted this message about his late friend.
Following his 5-year stint in pro wrestling, O’Haire retired to pursue mixed martial arts. His obituary reads that "He was a gentle and kind person that studied Buddhism and was employed as a personal trainer at Exzel Fitness in Spartanburg."
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His gym expressed their sadness over O'Haire’s passing:
Meanwhile the WWE offered this statement: "WWE extends its condolences to Sean Christopher Haire's family, friends and fans on his passing."