Walter “Killer” Kowalski Passes Away at 81

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From: Wrestling Observer

Walter “Killer” Kowalski passed away this morning at 2:15 AM. He had been taken off life support nearly two weeks ago following a massive heart attack on August 8th. Following his Hall of Fame wrestling career Kowalski also trained a number of stars, most notably Triple H.

From the AP:

Pro wrestling pioneer Walter “Killer” Kowalski has died from a heart attack. He was 81.

Kowalski died Saturday after his family decided to have him taken off life support. Kowalski had been in critical condition at a hospital in Everett, Massachusetts, since the heart attack on Aug. 8.

The death was announced on Kowalski’s Web site.

The 6-foot-7, 285 pound Kowalski earned his nickname in 1954 after dropping opponent Yukon Eric during a match in Montreal. He became famous for various moves, including a stomach vice grip called the “Killer Clutch.”

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