Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, who recently appeared in a documentary about steroids and substance abuse, was found dead Sunday at a rehab facility in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The 37-year-old former wrestler had appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment’s (formerly World Wrestling Federation) Monday Night Raw as a “jobber” — a fighter who takes falls. Bell also grappled in the early 1990s with legends including “The Undertaker,” Bret Hart and “British Bulldog.”
Bell was the subject of a 2008 documentary called Bigger, Stronger, Faster, which was directed by his brother Chris. The film, in part, chronicles Mike Bell’s struggle with substance abuse and his dream to climb back into the ring as a professional wrestler.
Bell had reportedly been clean for 60 days prior to his body being discovered by his roommate at the rehab center. The cause of death is unknown, but Bell’s past abuse may have contributed to his death.
(l to r) Mike “Mad Dog” Bell with brothers Chris Bell and Mark Bell
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