A preliminary post mortem examination done on Michael P. Shaw, who was under contract with the then-World Wrestling Federation from 1993 to 1994, determined his cause of death to be a pulmonary embolism, according to Dr. John Weiss, the chief medical examiner for Marquette County (Michigan).
Shaw, who wrestled under the names Friar Ferguson and then Bastion Booger, died at 2:16 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
The 400-pound journeyman of the ring is the third former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler under the age of 60 to die in the past month and the the fifth since former company CEO Linda McMahon announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate last September.
According to the Mayo Clinic:
“A pulmonary embolism is a condition that occurs when one or more arteries in your lungs become blocked. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to your lungs from another part of your body — most commonly, your legs.”
“Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening, but prompt treatment with anti-clotting medications can greatly reduce the risk of death. Taking measures to prevent blood clots in your legs also can help protect you against pulmonary embolism.”
Among the risk factors is “being overweight.”