A variety of online news outlets are reporting that former World Wrestling Entertainment star Gertrude “Luna” Vachon died Friday morning in Florida at age 48.
”World Wrestling Entertainment has been made aware of the passing of Gertrude (Luna) Vachon. WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Vachon family,” WWE said in a statement, according to Fox Sports.
“Ms. Vachon was under contract with WWE at various times from 1993 through 2000, and performed under the name ‘Luna’ Vachon. She last performed for WWE in early 2000.”
Luna wrestled for the WWE from 1993 to 2000 … and had gained notoriety as Bam Bam Bigelow‘s “main squeeze,” the celebrity gossip website TMZ reported.
The latest death is likely to renew the focus of wrestlers’ health and how diligently WWE and its former CEO, Republican Senate hopeful Linda McMahon, monitored steroid use among the company’s top talent.
The father of a wrestler who died earlier this month of heart failure says he’s upset with McMahon’s reaction to his son’s death.
Harley McNaught told The Day of New London the Republican disrespected McNaught’s son and family when she told reporters she “might have” met 29-year-old Lance Cade once and that her company was not responsible for deaths outside the ring.
McNaught says he was with his son at two World Westling Entertainment functions when McMahon came up to Cade and knew him by name.
WWE says it continually checked on Cade, who battled a pain killer addiction, including after he was released from the company. WWE covered Cade’s rehab stint earlier this year.