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Gary Albright (May 18, 1963 – January 7, 2000)

Gary Albright was born in Rhode Island and was a professional wrestler, performing mostly for the Stampede Wrestling in Canada, UWF International and All Japan Pro Wrestling leagues.

Albright began his accomplished amateur wrestling career in high school for Billings West High School in Billings, Montana. In 1980 Albright was the state champion. (In 1981 he placed second in the state.) In university, he wrestled for the University of Nebraska and set the state record for total falls (38 in the 1985/1986 season).

In 1988 after graduation, he went pro to the Stampede Wrestling League in Alberta, Canada. In 1989 (for two years) Albright went the independent route. In 1991, he signed with the newly created Union of Wrestling Forces International (UWF International or UWFi). In 1995, he went to the All Japan Pro Wrestling League.

On January 7, 2000 Albright was wrestling at a World Arena Wrestling show in Hazleton, Pennsylvania in a match against Lucifer Grimm (real name Bill Owens). Albright was hit with a three quarter facelock bulldog move and collapsed to the canvas. Grimm rolled Albright on top of himself (out of concern) and ended the match. Attempts were made to resuscitate Albright to no avail. He was pronounced dead shortly after being removed from the ring. The official cause of death was listed as a heart attack. Medical examiners determined Albright was suffering from diabetes, had an enlarged heart and several of his coronary arteries were blocked. Since Albright died of natural causes, the police were not brought in. Albright was 36 years old and survived by his wife Monica, son Samuel and daughters Angelica and Alexandra.

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