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Eric Denis dead: Wrestler dies after suffering heart attack in the ring

The Independent logo The Independent 11/10/2017 Harry Cockburn
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Wrestler Eric Denis has died after suffering a suspected heart attack while competing.

The 40-year-old father of six was taking part in a charity fight in Montreal, Canada when he collapsed.

First aiders reportedly attempted to resuscitate Denis, but he was pronounced dead upon his arrival at hospital.

He had been involved in wrestling for more than 20 years.

The fight, organised by the ICW fighting federation was to raise money for sufferers of Crohn’s disease.

Danny Kidman, coordinator of the ICW wrestling, described his death as “terrible”, Canadian news outlet TVA Nouvelles reports.

Mr Kidman said Denis was “extremely talented” and a “super father”.

He added: “Despite the alarming and tragic situation, the whole situation was under control.

“We were extremely fortunate to have qualified staff for a situation like that.”

Wrestlers will lead tributes to Denis on Saturday night at another ICW fight gala.

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