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Chris Candido - 1972-2005: Notes on his life, details on his death, TNA's statement

Apr 29, 2005 - 1:10:00 AM
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By Wade Keller, Torch editor

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Chris Candido as NWA World Hvt. Champion, 1994 (photo by Jerry Wilson, PWTorch)

-There is still no official word from the hospital regarding the cause of Candido Candido's death on Thursday night. His longtime girlfriend Tammy Sytch is at the hospital now getting information.

-There is talk right now that his death may either be the result of a staph infection or a blood clot.

-Candido had been suffering from side effects from his surgery on Monday, including vomiting. There was concern because of the smell that something wasn't right.

-Candido wasn't given much pain medication at first because doctors saw the marks on his arms from years of drug use and didn't want to give drugs to a potential addict. Once he established that he was no longer a drug addict and had cleaned up his life, he got pain medication. He had been in excrutiating pain until then.

-Staph infections are a bacterium that can lead to relatively minor skin infections, but can be deadly for people recovering from major surgery, former drug users (especially injection drugs), and people whose immune systems are weakened due to steroid use, among other factors.

-TNAwrestling.com reported: "TNA Wrestling joins the entire wrestling world in mourning the untimely death of Chris Candido on Thursday night. TNA is deeply devastated by the loss of Chris, who touched the lives of millions of fans around the world during his successful career. We hope everyone will keep Candido's friends and family in their thoughts and prayers as we say goodbye to a friend. TNAwrestling.com will post a statement from Candido's family as soon as possible."

-Gabe Sapolsky wrote at ROHWrestling.com: "Well, I was holding out hoping it wasn't true. I just want to send my condolences to all of Chris' family and friends. This one definitely hits home with just about everyone in the business as he worked with just about everyone between TNA, the indies as well as ECW and WWE. Chris was always great to me even back in the ECW days when I was selling programs and he was involved in booking meetings. I don't think you'll find anyone that has one negative thing to say about him. There were talks at one point of bringing Chris into ROH to take Joey Matthews' spot in The Embassy. I'm sure he would have made his way in sooner or later. He also definitely would have made his way back down to FIP at some point. I'm sorry I'll never have the chance to work with him. I'll probably have more thoughts and share some memories about Chris later. Maybe I won't. I don't know. I'm just in shock."

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