Chris Kanyon Death: Homosexual Wrestler Mortis Commits Suicide
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Chris Kanyon (real name Chris Klucsaritis) 1970-2010
Chris Kanyon Former WWE and WCW Wrestling Star Commits Suicide
Chris Kanyon is dead at age 40 after he is believed to have committed suicide in his apartment in Sunnyside Queens New York. Reports are stating that he died due to an overdose, and that a pill bottle and several notes were found beside his body, but details of his death have not been fully made available at this time and the particulars are sketchy.
Chris Kanyon was known in the wrestling world as Kanyon or Mortis and he retired from professional wrestling in 2004.
In 2006, Chris Kanyon stated that he was let go from professional wrestling by Vince McMahon because he was a homosexual. After, Kanyon stated that it was just a publicity stunt and that he was in fact heterosexual. However, he later admitted that he was homosexual.
He was also part of a lawsuit along with Scott Levy and Michael Sanders to sue the WWE for cheating them out of benefits but their case was dismissed.
Chris Kanyon has also admitted that he suffered from bipolar disorder and according to the Wrestling Observer, he has talked about suicide in the past and threatened it with people close to him. Just earlier this week he was discussing depression and taking his life.
Our condolences go out to Chris Kanyon's family. We will update this post if there is any further information.
Kanyon was an underrated worker who at one point was dubbed “The Innovator of Offense” in WCW. His first significant role in the company was as masked wrestler Mortis in 1997. He eventually dropped that gimmick and formed The Jersey Triad with Diamond Dallas Page and Bam Bam Bigelow in 1999. Kanyon received his biggest push in 2000 after turning on feuding with Page during WCW’s final year in business.
Kanyon, who made headlines a few years ago by announcing his homosexuality, made sporadic appearances on independent shows in the years after his WWE release.