Mike Johnson of PWInsider has confirmed that former WWE star Lance Cade (Lance McNaught) has passed away at age 29. No further details are known at this time.
Cade had been battling addictions to sleeping pills and painkillers on and off, including an incident back in October 2008 on an airplance where he took too many painkillers and went into seizure and the flight had to be diverted in order to save his life. He was released from WWE after the incident.
One year later in October 2009, WWE signed him back to another deal and he spend some time in Florida Championship Wrestling. This past April, Cade was again released from WWE and was never used on television during his time back with the company. He had worked some independent and Japanese dates since his WWE release. Cade leaves behind two daughters in his passing.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.
Update (12:23 p.m. ET): Multiple sources now indicating Cade passed away due to heart failure.