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Former pro wrestling star Hayabusa dies at 47

Former pro wrestling star Hayabusa dies at 47
Hayabusa walks to the ring.

Former Japanese pro wrestling star Hayabusa (real name Eiji Ezaki) died Thursday from a brain hemorrhage. He was 47.

Hayabusa is considered by many to be one of the greatest high-flying wrestlers of all time, and he was the top star of Japan's Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling from 1994 to 2001.

He suffered a career-ending broken neck during a match in 2001 when he slipped on the ropes while attempting a maneuver. He was paralyzed for several years, but made an emotional appearance last season when he appeared at an event, got out of his wheelchair and, with the help of a cane, slowly walked to the ring. You can watch that in the video above.
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