Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Independent wrestler Lowry dies after training in South Philadelphia

Independent wrestler Matt "Riot" Lowry died at age 22 on Tuesday after suffering a head injury during a training session for Combat Zone Wrestling at The Arena in South Philadelphia on Monday night.

According to doctors at Hanneman University Hospital, Lowry died of a brain hemorrhage and had no evidence of acute head trauma or that the workouts was the cause into his death.

Lowry was trained by Dean "Shark Boy" Roll, and had wrestled in a number of smaller promotions like Absolute Intense Wrestling and American Luchacore before getting some spots in IWA: Mid-South. He took a break from wrestling earlier this year before moving to New Jersey with the intention of breaking into CZW.

"Matt Lowry had no position with Combat Zone Wrestling LLC, nor was he a student," the company said in a statement. "He was in town to work for another promotion and came to the Arena in South Philadelphia where our performers gather to work out.

"He joined in some warm up activities, including running, squats and push-ups. After which, he sat in a chair and said something like "I feel dizzy." He fell over and 911 was called immediately. A local fire company responded and they called for an ambulance.

"CZW Owner David Markland and other wrestlers followed the ambulance to the hospital. CZW contacted Lowry’s father and had wrestlers stay at the hospital until he arrived from Ohio. We were told Lowry died of a brain hemorrhage and that there was no evidence of acute head trauma or that his work out caused his death. CZW wishes to extend its condolences to Matt’s family and hopes that our fans will keep them in their thoughts and prayers.

"We at Combat Zone Wrestling LLC, remind fans that pro wrestling is a dangerous activity; however we strive to protect the safety of our students and performers through proper training and discourage anyone from attempting to imitate our performers."

Roll also commented on the death via his Web site.

"Shark Boy was shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Matthew Lowry on Tuesday at the age of just 21. Lowry attended the Shark Tank wrestling training class twice in 2006 and was exceptionally popular with the group thanks to his work ethic and great sense of humor.

"Whether wrestling in the ring or helping out behind the scenes, Lowry was also involved in several Buckeye Pro Wrestling events and was always a major help. Our sincerest condolences go out to the Matt’s family and close personal friends. He will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him."

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