Former WWE star Mike Halac, popularly known as Mantaur, has unfortunately passed away at the age of 55. It has been noted that the news of Halac’s death was announced by Eric Simms of ESS Promotions through a heartfelt statement on Facebook.
Simms expressed his sadness over the loss and extended his thoughts and prayers to Halac’s family. He also revealed that Halac had been scheduled to appear at the upcoming 90s Wrestling Con on September 30 and had a full weekend of bookings planned.
The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed at the time of this writing. According to WrestleTalk, Halac’s daughter, Demi, revealed that he passed away peacefully in his sleep.
“I am sad to report that Mike Halac who played the character Mantaur has passed away. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We had mike booked for 90s wrestling con sept 30 and a full weekend of bookings that weekend. RIP Mantaur”
Mantaur left an impact on the wrestling industry during his time with WWE in the 1990s. He is known for his presence and unique persona. Halac’s portrayal of Mantaur drew attention from fans and fellow wrestlers alike.
He was billed as “half man, half beast,” and the character debuted in 1995 and was briefly managed by Jim Cornette. The gimmick was short-lived, but Halac did return to WWE as Tank, a member of The Truth Commission stable, in 1997.
Outside of WWE, Halac also competed in ECW as Bruiser Mastino, a moniker that he carried over to the independent circuit in the late ’90s and 2000s. He also competed for WCW in 1997, though his one and only appearance was in a dark match.
The sudden passing away of Mike Halac is certainly a significant loss in the world of pro wrestling community, as he leaves behind a legacy.