British wrestling legend has passed away at a very young age, he died at the age of 48.
British wrestling legend Ian ‘Doc’ Dean – one half of The Liverpool Lads tag team with WWE coach Robbie Brookside – has died at 48.
The high flyer, from Garston, Liverpool, is suspected to have suffered a heart attack at his home in Orlando, Florida, USA on Monday.
Emotional tributes have been paid to the globetrotting star, who helped pave the way for the current generation of UK grapplers.
Dean was best known on these shores for his run in Birkenhead-based All Star Wrestling (ASW) throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
RIP Ian Doc Dean. I met you in 1984, you were dressed in a Doctors coat, a pair of rubber boots and a helmet. From then on we drove down every road and sailed the 7 seas. The great times will always be with me forever. I shall miss you my dear friend. Forever with me.
Dean was an important part of a generation of British wrestling stars who laid the foundation for the current British wrestling boom, winning the ASW Tag Team titles and ASW’s British Welterweight championship on two occasions each. He’s notable to a lot of American fans for his infrequent appearances on WCW television in the late ’90s, popping up on Monday Nitro, Thunder, and WCW Saturday Night in an enhancement talent role. He also famously competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Junior IV tournament in 1997, defeating Chavo Guerrero Jr. and even Jushin Thunder Liger.
If you aren’t familiar with Doc’s work, we’ve included a few videos below to help celebrate his life and career. Our sympathies go out to Dean’s family and friends, and we know he’ll rest easy having been so integral to the careers of many of today’s best and most popular wrestlers.
RIP Ian Doc Dean. I met you in 1984, you were dressed in a Doctors coat, a pair of rubber boots and a helmet. From then on we drove down every road and sailed the 7 seas. The great times will always be with me forever. I shall miss you my dear friend. Forever with me.x pic.twitter.com/XyZsQQHBAW
— Robby Brookside (@RobbyBrookside) August 14, 2018