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ECW Star Axl Rotten Passes Away

ECW star Brian Knighton, professionally known as Axl Rotten, died on Thursday  in Baltimore, Maryland. He was found deceased by authorities in a motel.

Brian Knighton was 44 years old.

WWE issued the following statement:

WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Brian Knighton, best known for competing in ECW as Axl Rotten from 1993 to 1999, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Knighton’s family, friends and fans.


  • Brad Grillakis

    damn 🙁

    him and Balls Mahoney in ECW….

    R.I.P. Axl

  • Will Henderson

    it’s always a sad story to hear a wrestler that died before the age of 50. but he was in bad shape for a while and plus, according to another wrestling news site, he posted a tweet this morning hours before he was found dead that sounded like a farewell tweet.

    my thoughts, prayers and condolences goes out to his fans, his friends, family and anyone else who knew him.

  • oppa

    That is way to young for anyone to die. Condolences to his family.