Doink The Clown, WWE Wrestler Matt Osborne, Dies At 55
Doink The Clown, the professional wrestler, was found dead on Friday in Texas. He was 55.
Born Matt Osborne, Doink was discovered dead in his girlfriend’s home in Plano, Tex., the WWE confims. Though no foul play is suspected and no weapons were found at the scene, local police have launched a homicide investigation as standard operating procedure. An autopsy on Doink’s body is pending.
Doink’s heyday in the WWE was during the 90s. Costumed in a green wig and full greasepaint, his shtick involved playing outrageous pranks on his opponents in the ring. Since leaving the WWE in 1995, he continued on in the sport with the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and other independent leagues.
In a statement released after hearing the news of Doink’s death, the WWE said, “WWE is saddened by the news that Matt Osborne, aka the original Doink the Clown, has passed away. A rugged brawler in promotions like Mid-South Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, Osborne made a major impact in WWE under the greasepaint of a prankster named Doink — one of the most enduring personas of the early 90s. Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne’s family, friends and fans.”
In recent years, Doink remained involved in the wrestling world, attending conventions and signing autographs for his enduring fan base.
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