Openly Gay Professional Wrestler Cris Kanyon Takes His Own Life

Openly gay professional wrestler Christopher Klucsaritis (Chris Kanyon) has tragically taken his own life.

Klucsaritis, 40 was found dead yesterday at his apartment in New York.  Klucsaritis had overdosed on medication, with early reports indicating he had taken his own life after leaving a pill bottle and several notes close by.  The gay star suffered from bipolar disorder and had previously spoken about killing himself

Kanyon was best known for his time in WCW in the late 90s, moving to WWE in the Invasion angle after Ted Turner’s company folded.  He came out as gay after leaving WWE in 2004 with the idea of using his homosexuality in a wrestling angle, although neither Vince McMahon’s company nor rivals TNA would hire him in that role.

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