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RIP Stu Hart - A Dark Day in Wrestling
October 16, 2003 by Twilla J.


Today, wrestling and sports entertainment has lost one of the best names ever known. The best guy out there to ever come into wrestling has passed away. Yes that's right, the wrestling great Stu Hart has passed away today. At 2:30 pm (Mountain Time), Mr. Hart passed away in the Foothills Hospital in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We will all miss the legendary Hart. He was a father figure to everyone who was involved in wrestling. He was the foundation of the famous Dungeon where wrestlers such as Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Test, Edge, Christian, Bret, Owen, Keith, and Bruce trained to become some of the best wrestlers out there. They all owe some of their success to Stu Hart because without him, they wouldn't be as far as they are today.

The past few years have been quite tough for the Hart family, with the passing of Owen Hart, then their mother Helen Hart, and then just recently, brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith passes away on a vacation. Not to mention all of the health problems Stu has had, which didn't make life any easier.

Stu Hart was born May 3, 1915 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has been active in wrestling since as early as the 1940's. It is easy to say that Stu has had an amazing career and will be sadly missed by everyone. Mr. Hart's accomplishments does not end with wrestling, oh no, it doesn't stop there. He has received awards such as being invested into the Order of Canada by governor general Adrienne Clarkson in May of 2001 and he had a special ceremony honouring him on his 80th birthday at the Stampede Corral.

Yes, the Hart family has gone through a lot with Stu Hart and now they will go through a lot more with the loss of this man on their minds. One man who truly knows how his father would have felt at this moment is Bret Hart. He was quite close with his father and due to injuries, has been out of wrestling for the past few years now, but he has been at home helping out in his community trying to make a difference just as his father did so many years ago.

It will be a hard time for wrestling fans this next little while to go through their wrestling memories knowing that Stu Hart will not be around to see his grandchildren, or to see the way wrestling will evolve but we all know that because of Stu Hart, wrestling has been changed forever. Without him, nothing would be like it is today. And with this, I say Stu you will be in our hearts always. R.I.P. knowing your memory will not be forgotten.

by Twilla J. - Calgary, Alberta, Canada


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