As reported earlier, Michael Gossett, professionally known as Mike Graham, passed away today at the age of 61. According to F4WOnline.com, multiple sources have said that his death was as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was in Daytona Beach, Florida for “Biketoberfest” and his wife found him deceased.
Graham’s father, Eddie Gossett, famously known as Eddie Graham, an influential Florida wrestling promoter, also committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot. This occurred on January 21, 1985, following a lifelong battle with alcoholism.
Meanwhile, the official WWE website issued the following statement this afternoon: “WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Mike Graham, 61, son of legendary promoter Eddie Graham. While never under contract with WWE, he was part of our extended family. The sports-entertainment world lost a beloved member today. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”
Graham, who was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie of the Year in 1972, competed through the early 1990s for various promotions, including Championship Wrestling from Florida, the American Wrestling Association, and World Championship Wrestling. He continued to work for WCW through 2000 as an agent and trainer. In 2008, he accepted his father’s posthumous induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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