US professional wrestler Lance Cade dies aged 29

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cade performing in 2007

US professional wrestler and former World Wrestling Entertainment star Lance Cade has been found dead at the age of 29. The cause of death was announced by Cade’s father as apparent heart failure.

Cade, whose real name is Lance McNaught was trained by former world champion Shawn Michaels and made his professional debut in 1999. After working in Japan, Cade signed with World Wrestling Entertainment, the largest wrestling promotion in the United States.

In 2003 Cade made his first appearance on television and teamed with Mark Jindrak. After one year the team split and Cade was tagged with another wrestler. With Trevor Murdoch, Cade won the World Tag Team Championship three times in as many years.

After five years in the company Cade was released from his contract in October 2008. He was later re-hired in 2009 but again released the next year.

World Wrestling Entertainment released a statement on the death Cade through its website. It read “World Wrestling Entertainment was informed Friday morning by Lance McNaught’s father that he has passed away of apparent heart failure. WWE extends its deepest condolences to the McNaught family”

Tributes were also made by fellow wrestlers. Former Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy and WWE legend Mick Foley paid tributes to Cade.