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Wrestler Killed During WWF Event

May 24, 1999

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A World Wrestling Federation wrestler was fatally injured Sunday when he fell 50 feet into the ring as he was lowered from the ceiling of the arena _ stunning the crowd and pay-per-view television audience that initially thought the accident was a stunt.

Owen Hart, 33, who wrestles under the nickname ``Blue Blazer,″ was given CPR in the ring in front of the soldout event at Kemper Arena and then taken to a nearby hospital.

``He was supposed to be lowered down into the ring,″ said Michelle Hindorff, a paramedic and dispatcher for the city ambulance service. ``It didn’t get hooked on to him. He thought it was hooked on. We gave him CPR in the ring. He was a trauma code.″

Commentator Jim Ross repeated over and over to the audience that Hart’s fall was not scripted, as professional wrestling matches openly are.

The event was televised on pay-per-view and seen around the country.

Hart’s fall happened in the second part of the event called ``Over the Edge.″ The first part of the event, ``Sunday Night Heat,″ was televised live on the USA network.

Hart is the younger brother of World Championship Wrestling wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart.

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