The pro wrestling world has lost another one of its’ own.
On Monday morning, the news broke that independent pro wrestling star Markus Crane has passed away at the young age of of 33.
The news was first reported by @FreelanceUndrgd, who confirmed the passing of the death-match wrestler from Illinois.
Crane is a former AAW Tag-Team Champion, and a veteran of the Game-Changer Wrestling (GCW) promotion, as he traveled with the promotion on their inaugural tour of Japan back in 2019.
GCW issued the following statement on social media on Monday regarding the passing of Markus Crane.
With sadness, GCW mourns the loss of Markus Crane. As a performer, Markus embodied the spirit of GCW. He was an underdog and an outlaw. He was fearless in the ring and determined to succeed against the odds. He played a major role in GCW’s early success and was part of the heart and soul of our roster from day one.
Markus was passionate about GCW and Deathmatch Wrestling. We were proud to have him represent GCW at Korauken Hall during our inaugural tour of Japan.
In 2019, Markus suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly took his life. We were all inspired (but not surprised) as he made a miraculous recovery and worked tirelessly to make his eventual return to the ring.
Most recently, Markus returned home to his family with a commitment to focusing his energy towards a healthier lifestyle. He had celebrated a series of milestones in his sobriety which he was proud to show off and left us all excited for his future.
As a friend, Markus was caring and loyal. He was quick to smile, or bring a smile to your face. We were all lucky to know him.
Rest in Peace, Markus. We will miss you
Check out the GCW statement via the tweet embedded below courtesy of the official Twitter feed of the pro wrestling promotion.
Rest in peace to Markus Crane. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the late wrestling veteran.
Awful news this morning.#RIPMarkusCrane
— Freelance Underground (@FreelanceUndrgd) December 27, 2021
Rest in Peace, Markus.
We’ll miss you pic.twitter.com/gzoqmCkVZL
— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) December 27, 2021
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