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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The death of Owen Hart

On May 23, 1999, WWF wrestler Owen Hart fell to his death in Kansas City, Missouri, during a WWF pay-per-view event. Hart was in the process of being lowered into the ring from the rafters of Kemper Arena when a malfunction occurred. He fell 50 feet, landing chest-first on the top rope, throwing him into the ring. Hart was transported to the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The WWF announced the death of Owen Hart to the home viewers during the event, but not to the crowd in the arena. The rest of the event continued as scheduled. Much criticism has been directed at WWF management for continuing the event despite their knowledge of Hart's death.
The WWF aired a special broadcast the next night, entitled Raw Is Owen, where many wrestlers broke character and expressed their grief over Hart's death. Hart's widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

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