6 WWE Superstars who died before 40
The life of a professional wrestler is a tough one. From being on the road for most of the year to the battering their bodies take in the ring, it's not easy.
Over the years we've heard of many wrestlers passing away early. There's no doubt that the hard life on the road played some role in these WWE Superstars passing away early.
Ashley Massaro - 39
We only just found out about Ashley Massaro's tragic death aged just 39. Not many details have been released yet and all we know is that there was no foul play involved.
Massaro was a part of WWE from 2005 to 2008 and was the winner of the original Diva Search. She announced in March that she was ready to take bumps again and get back in the ring.
In her last Tweet a couple of days ago, Massaro informed fans that she'd just finished answering a bunch of fan mail.
Maria Kanellis paid tribute to Massaro on Twitter:
"I have no words. Ashley was my tag partner at Wrestlemania. My sometimes road wife. We did countless photo shoots and press days together. It seems like yesterday Ashley was a major part of my life and then our worlds changed and now she is gone. I'm heartbroken for her family."
Lance Cade - 29
Lace Cade was only 29 when he passed away.
Cade was trained by none other than Shawn Michaels and made his WWE debut in 2005. He won the tag-team titles twice along with Trevor Murdoch before pairing up with Chris Jericho in Jericho's feud with his mentor, Shawn Michaels. Cade was suddenly released from his WWE conract in 2008.
During this time, Cade had substance abuse issues and they caught up with him in 2010 when he passed away from a heart attack caused by a fatal combination of drugs in his system.