Sean, who left a lasting impression on the wrestling world, passed away on Sept. 9 at the age of 43. Upon hearing the news, fans and colleagues flocked to Twitter to mourn the death of the former wrestler. See what they said.
Sean O’Haire was a celebrated wrestler during his career in the WWE and WCW, which explains why fans rushed to Twitter to grieve after hearing the news of his tragic death on Sept. 9. The 43-year-old hair stylist, who took up MMA fighting after retiring from wrestling, died from an apparent suicide, TMZ reports.
Sean O’Haire Commits Suicide: Friends & Fans React To Wrestler’s Tragic Death
Read what fans and colleagues are saying about Sean on Twitter below:
Worked Sean O’Hare back b4 WCW in nashville for Bert prentice and also in WCW. 43 years-old. #Life is a gift. Great guy. RIP my friend.
— James Storm (@JamesStormBrand) September 10, 2014
Just got a message that former wrestler Sean O’ Haire has passed away. #RIPSeanOHaire
— RIGGS (@realscottyriggs) September 10, 2014
Sean O’Hare news broke my heart. 43 years-old. What talent. RIP my friend.
— Vince Russo (@pyroballyhoo) September 10, 2014
— Jonny (The) Bull♉ (@JonnyStamboly) September 10, 2014
Sad to hear of the passing of an old friend, Sean O’Haire. My condolences to his family and friends.
— Joey from Wrestling (@WWEMercury) September 10, 2014
RIP Sean, we will miss you man, thanks for the memories. pic.twitter.com/FiTw78R4gh
— Marco Corleone (@MarcoCorleone23) September 10, 2014
Very sad to hear of the death of Sean O’Haire #RIP I will try to share a few stories soon on my site. Worked with him in WCW & WWE
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) September 10, 2014
— ANDY GIBSON (@REALAndyGibson) September 10, 2014
It’s so sad that #SeanOHaire‘s death has been ruled as a suicide, and on world suicide prevention day as well. I’m still in shock.
— Phillipa Callear (@Dstokie01) September 10, 2014
— Neal Noakes (@neal_noakes) September 10, 2014
Independent wrestler Adam Pearce posted the following on Facebook, sharing a story about working with Sean.
“In 1999, I was in Atlanta, Georgia for my first tryout with WCW. What no one knew was that I went into it with a decimated left shoulder (I had partial reconstructive surgery the following year, which explains the big scar that I wear to this day). I really shouldn’t have even been there with the injury.
“As part of my evaluation, I was tasked by Paul Orndorff and company with wrestling opposite Sean O’Haire in an amateur-style match. As we were set to begin, I secretly said to him, ‘Please watch my left shoulder, it’s gone.’
“With everyone watching, he didn’t say a word. He simply looked me in the eye, and nodded a subtle ‘yes’ in response.
“We had our ‘match’, which I put in quotes because at any point he could’ve yanked on my arm and exposed me, which would’ve showed everyone that I was hurt. If he chose to he could’ve easily embarrassed me physically. He didn’t.
“Instead, he worked with me. He took care of me, never touching my left arm, and really served to help me look better than I should have. And even though I ended up not signing WCW’s contract, I have never ever forgotten what he did.
“Godspeed, Sean O’Haire. Thank you again, and rest in peace.”
Furthermore, the WWE released a statement, following Sean’s tragic death.
“WWE extends its condolences to Sean Christopher Haire’s family, friends and fans on his passing. Haire performed under the name ‘Sean O’Haire,’ and was under contract with WWE from 2001-2004,” the organization told HollywoodLife.com.
Sean O’Haire Dead — Former WCW & WWE Wrester Dies At 43
Sean reportedly died in his home on Sept. 9 at age 43. Police tell TMZ Sean was found in his bedroom, beside his bed, with a rope tied around his neck and connected to the bedpost.
Our thoughts go out to Sean’s family and friends during this difficult time. A “Celebration of Life” visitation will be held at his home on Sept. 13 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, according to an obituary at Tributes.com.
— Chris Rogers, Reporting by Russ Weakland