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Former NFL player and WWE Superstar Darren Drozdov has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former WWE Superstar Darren “The Droz” Drozdov has passed away. He was 54.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He passed away on Friday morning.

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“We are sad to share our beloved Darren passed away this morning of natural causes,” the family said in a statement. “There are no words to convey the deep sense of loss and sadness we are feeling right now.

“Darren, affectionately known as “Droz,” was involved in a tragic ring accident while wrestling for the WWE in 1999 that rendered him a quadriplegic. Nevertheless, Droz maintained a championship mindset and lived every day to the fullest even though he was unable to move from the neck down for the past 24 years. His own words sum up his relentless positivity in the midst of adversity: “There is always another day. Just because I’m paralyzed and stuck in a wheelchair, doesn’t mean my life is over. I’ve learned to live again, and my life is far from over.”

Drozdov, who was born in Mays Landing, New Jersey, competed in the World Wrestling Federation in 1998 and 1999. His wrestling career came to an end during a SmackDown! taping on October 5th, 1999, when he suffered a severe neck injury in a match against D’Lo Brown.

Since the match was taped, it never aired on SmackDown! Brown attempted to power bomb Drozdov when he lost grip on his fellow competitor.

This caused the two to perform a failed power bomb. Drozdov landed on his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital in New York, where it was discovered that he fractured his neck on the maneuver.

He would never wrestle again. He was a quadriplegic from the accident.

Before going into the wrestling scene, Drozdov was a member of the Denver Broncos in the NFL. He played for the team from 1993 through 1995.

He also spent one season with the Montréal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League in 1996.

“We lived this journey with him over the past 24 years,” the statement also said. “We were always there through the good times and the bad, and provided him with our unconditional love. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone. All of his fans, teammates, colleagues, and friends for all the love and support he received over the years. You all gave him meaning, purpose and something to live for. He loved each and every one of you and cherished the conversations, notes and letters he received. His faith in humanity never faltered, so know that for all the love you’ve shown him, he loved you back.

We also would also like to thank WWE for treating him like family, and for all of their love, support and stepping up to make sure that Darren always had the proper care and treatment needed to live in his condition over the past 24 years.
He was a devoted son, brother, and friend who had always put others first, especially his family. He was kind, generous and was always there for his people. He was our guiding light who lit up our lives with infinite love and wonder. His smile was healing. His warmth, love, and laughter were infectious. We could always turn to him for wisdom and solace and his absence feels like a giant hole in our family and our hearts. Everyone who knew Darren was a better person because of it. He taught everyone so much about how to look at life: how to put things in perspective, how to overcome adversity, and how to show compassion for others. He would not want anyone to be sad at this moment and would want to this to be a celebration of his life, to be remembered for all the great things that he accomplished, the fun, the laughter, the great memories he shared with everyone.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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