Breaking News - Chris Candido passes away at the age of 33 years old...

»Reported by Adam Martin of

On Friday, April 29, 2005 at 1:42 AM EST

- We have just learned that current TNA star Chris Candido passed away on Thursday night. He was 33 years old.

Details are very sketchy at this point as there are conflicting reports regarding the cause of his death. Candido suffered a broken leg at the Lockdown PPV this past Sunday in Orlando and underwent surgery on Monday. He was able to work the Impact! tapings on Tuesday night before returning to his home. It is believed his recent surgery was the cause of death, although that has yet to be confirmed at this point.

Candido played a very strong role in the first taping for Impact! where America's Most Wanted defending the NWA World Tag Team Titles against The Naturals in the main event. There is no word on what TNA will be doing for the episode of Impact! tomorrow at 4pm as of late tonight.

On behalf of everyone on we send out our condolences to the family and friends of Chris Candido during this very hard and shocking time.

- also issued the following statement:

"TNA Wrestling joins the entire wrestling world in mourning the untimely death of Chris Candido on Thursday night.

TNA is deeply devastated by the loss of Chris, who touched the lives of millions of fans around the world during his successful career.

We hope everyone will keep Candido’s friends and family in their thoughts and prayers as we say goodbye to a friend will post a statement from Candido's family as soon as possible."