Scott Hall in 2015 (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
The wrestling world has lost one of its most treasured performers.
Scott Hall - perhaps best known for the Razor Ramon character he performed as during a 90s run with WWE - had been on life support following complications resulting from hip surgery.
Fellow wrestler and close friend Kevin Nash announced on Instagram that Hall’s life support system would be switched off once his “family is in place”, and that time has unfortunately come.
Hall has died at the age of 63.
Here is everything you need to know.
Who was Scott Hall?
Scott Hall was best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) as Razor Ramon, and with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under his real name.
He began his wrestling career in 1984, but it would be nearly a decade before he rose to prominence after signing with the WWF in 1992.
His wrestling accolades while with the company include winning the Intercontinental Championship four times, but he would go on to make wrestling history even once he had departed the promotion.
In 1996, Hall defected to WWF rival WCW, where he became a founding member of the influential New World Order (nWo) faction, along with Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash.
With WCW, he became a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WCW World Television Champion, and a nine-time WCW World Tag Team Champion.
Hall left WCW in 2000, and returned to WWE for a short stint in 2002, after which he spent the rest of his career wrestling for various promotions, such as Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a singles competitor in 2014, and again as a member of the nWo in 2020.
Like many of his fellow wrestlers, who found fame during a time when health and safety, athletic wellbeing and mental and emotional support were foreign concepts in an “alpha-male” dominated industry, Hall suffered from past demons.
In 1983, he was charged with second-degree murder after he wrestled a gun away from a man and shot him in the head at point blank range with it during an altercation outside of a nightclub.
The charges were eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence, though Hall has admitted being responsible for the killing, and revealed he is “unable to forget” the incident in later interviews.
Hall had many other legal and drug problems since the 1990s, though found sobriety in recent years thanks to fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page.
Page’s “DDP Yoga” programme is well-known in the wrestling industry for steering former stars clear of drink and drugs and revitalising their ageing bodies.
What has happened to him?
Hall’s health issues werewell documented.
After years of drug and alcohol abuse, Hall checked into rehab in 2010, checking out just a few weeks later and needing to have both a defibrillator and a pacemaker implanted in his chest.
The same year, he was hospitalised twice for double pneumonia (affecting both lungs), and was diagnosed with epilepsy, resulting in him having to take eleven different medications daily.
In March 2022, Hall was hospitalised after falling and breaking his hip and had to undergo surgery.
During the surgery, a blood clot was dislodged, resulting in Hall suffering three heart attacks, after which he was put on life support.
“Scott's on life support,” Kevin Nash said on Instagram. “Once his family is in place they will discontinue life support. I'm going to lose the one person on this planet I've spent more of my life with than anyone else.
“My heart is broken and I'm so very f***ing sad. I love Scott with all my heart but now I have to prepare my life without him in the present.
“I've been blessed to have a friend that took me at face value and I him. When we jumped to WCW we didn't care who liked or hated us.
“As we prepare for life without him just remember there goes a great guy you ain't going to see another one like him again. See Ya down the road Scott. I couldn't love a human being any more than I do you.”
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