Former pro wrestler Matt Cappotelli fails to fight brain cancer

Matt Cappotelli, once a promising WWE star, has died after a battle with brain cancer, his wife said in an Instagram post. He was 38.

“Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus…exactly one year after his brain surgery,” Lindsay Cappotelli wrote Friday.

Cappotelli was the co-winner of the wrestling reality competition show “WWE Tough Enough III” in 2003 and quickly began training to rise in the ranks of pro wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment said.

Cappotelli was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005, ending his promising wrestling career. Though that brain tumor was removed, he continued to undergo yearly screenings, and in June 2017, he began to experience headaches and “seizure activity,” according to Lindsay.

After further testing, his doctor advised that he undergo surgery to remove a tumor that had grown significantly since a February screening. Cappotelli underwent the surgery on June 29, 2017, and though his surgeon was able to remove 90% of the tumor, results confirmed he had grade 4 glioblastoma. He was hospitalized again in December 2017 and in May 2018, after consultations with his neuro-oncologist, Cappotelli ceased medical interventions for the tumor.

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