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36 year old British indie standout Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum has died

Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum was staple of the United Kingdom wrestling scene for more than a decade. In December of last year, he won the World Heavyweight championship for Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), the Glasgow, Scotlane-based promotion he was most associated with since debuting with them in 2007. He last wrestled on Sun., June 16 for ICW.

A few hours ago, ICW announced that Lionheart was dead at age 36.

No details are available, but his final tweet from earlier today reads ominously in retrospect, and has led to widespread speculation online. ICW has asked fans to respect the privacy of McCallum’s family & friends.

For fans who don’t follow the UK and European scene, McCallum’s name may be familiar from a 2014 incident where his neck was broken while taking a Styles Clash from AJ Styles. It was one of a string of incidents with Styles’ finisher which played into kayfabe fear of the maneuver in New Japan. Lionheart returned to wrestling a year after the injury.

Please join the entire Cageside Seats community in sending our best to everyone saying goodbye to McCallum today.

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