When I got an email this morning telling me that Lance Cade (real name Lance McNaught) had died, I can’t say I was totally surprised. It’s hard to be surprised anymore when you hear about a wrestler dying young, and he fell into the category of guys who lost their jobs due to drug use. When he was hired back by WWE and then quietly released again a few months later, there was a small part of me that said uh-oh, this is not good. And now, less than 6 months after that happened, here we are.
People are not supposed to die at 29. People especially aren’t supposed to die at 29 due to heart failure, which appears to be the case here and is the case far too often with pro wrestlers. I’m not sure what can be done to stop all of these under 40 deaths, but I truly hope that one day something is. Wrestler death notices got old to the point of ridiculousness years ago, and it’s not getting any better or any easier to take.
Thank you for the entertainment over the years, Lance. Maybe it was your own fault, maybe it was the fault of the people you worked for or maybe it was a bit of both, but to me you were definitely somebody who deserved a lot better from the wrestling business than you ended up getting. Goodbye, and rest in peace.