Former professional wrestler Matt Cappotelli has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 38.
On Friday, the WWE star’s wife, Lindsay, shared a heartbreaking message on Instagram confirming the news.
“Today my love — my strong, sweet, beautiful love — took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. along with went Home to be with Jesus…exactly one year after his brain surgery,” she wrote inside caption of a photo of herself along with her husband.
“You think you can be prepared with This kind of when you know This kind of’s coming, nevertheless you just can’t. The only person whose comfort I want right at This kind of point can be the one who can’t give This kind of to me,” she continued. “I miss him so much already. I know where he can be at This kind of point can be so much better, nevertheless This kind of doesn’t change how much I miss him. This kind of’s so much harder than I even thought This kind of would certainly be.”
Cappotelli first gained fame when he earned a WWE contract after winning the third season of the reality competition series Tough Enough in 2003, alongside fellow winner along with wrestler John Hennigan.
Cappotelli, who wrestled under his own name along with the pseudonym The Flava, made several appearances on multiple WWE shows including WWE Sunday Night Heat, Raw along with Vengeance. He was later sent down to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) to continue to develop his promotional skills along with stage presence.
However, his promising career was cut short in 2007 when he revealed to fans in which he had been diagnosed with an astrocytoma, a form of malignant brain cancer, along with in which he had to undergo surgery.
The initial treatment was successful along with most of the tumor was removed. However, in 2017, Cappotelli revealed in which he’d been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.
He underwent another surgery to remove a large tumor in June 27, nevertheless was hospitalized again in December. In May 2018, following a series of consultations with his neuro-oncologist, his wife announced in which he had decided to stop medical treatments for the tumors.
After his retirement through wrestling, Cappotelli returned to OVW in 2013 to serve as a trainer for the organization’s beginners program. His death was mourned by those he mentored along with his many fans on Facebook, along with both WWE along with OVW paid tribute to the late star on Twitter.