Scott 'Bam Bam' Bigelow, 45; retired heavyweight TV wrestler

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, 45, the tattooed heavyweight professional TV wrestler, was found dead Friday in his Hudson, Fla., home, said his brother Todd Bigelow.

Preliminary autopsy results showed no signs of foul play, but a cause of death will not be known until toxicology tests are completed in a few weeks, said Doug Tobin, a Pasco County sheriff's spokesman.

Bigelow had been struggling with a persistent infection and diabetes, his brother said.

A native of Asbury Park, N.J., Bigelow was an All-American wrestler in high school who found a lucrative career in pro wrestling before retiring in 2004.

His flame-tattooed scalp and 6-foot-2, 400-pound frame made him recognizable in and out of the ring. He wrestled with Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor during his two decades as a sports entertainer.

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