On March 13, 2009, Andrew Martin, known best by his professional wrestling moniker of "Test," was found dead in his home in Tampa, Florida, following an accidental drug overdose.
He was just 33 years-old.
Test rose to fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), capturing the Intercontinental Championship, European Championship and Hardcore Championship, in addition to his role in the hilarious angle involving his (kayfabe) wedding to Stephanie McMahon.
Martin talks about leaving the business (via Slam! Sports):
"They say nobody retires from wrestling. I can't tell you how much I hate to hear guys say 'it's all I know' and keep working long after they should and die or be permanently disabled. You have to come to terms when you ask yourself what is your health worth? To me? You can't put a price on it! So what are you wrestling for? One man's greed so he might throw you a bone? I loved wrestling, it was good to me. I'm still young, I'm in the shape of my life I've got some money tucked away. I never got into wrestling to be rich and famous ... I was told my problem was I never 'kissed enough ass.' As we all know wrestling is not real and it is very political backstage and as a man I could never bring myself to consort with the people that I didn't care for even if that meant making less money and not getting a world title. The world title is not real but my dignity was and I feel I never compromised it. I said 'no' to Vince a few times which I was told is unheard of and the kiss of death. I personally don't have bad things to say about Vince. I can appreciate what he's done! I wonder what it's like to have everyone who works for you tell you yes and your ideas are great because they are terrified about losing their job. I will never know nor do I want to."
My favorite match of his was against Shane McMahon in a "Street Fight" from 1999's SummerSlam, which you can view in its entirety, after the jump.
We do far too many of these here, Cagesiders.