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Date Posted: 17:42:29 08/18/12 Sat
Author: mikesilverstein
Subject: Re: On-air People Who Died While Actively or Officially Employed
In reply to: Conrad 's message, "Re: On-air People Who Died While Actively or Officially Employed" on 07:36:47 08/17/12 Fri

A wrestler who went by the name of Ali Pasha died at WIIC's Fineview Studio in May, 1961, immediately after losing a match on Studio Wrestling to Billy Darnell. I guess that counts as being an on-air person who died while actively employed. I think he died in the dressing room.

Pasha's was called "The Terrible Turk," and his act included wearing a fez and throwing a temper tantrum whenever he lost.

He died of a heart attack, and in subsequent press reports we learned that he was in his early sixties, he wasn't Turkish (I think he was a Greek-American) and was actually from southern Ohio (Zanesville, IIRC).

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