Published on June 18th, 2016 | by Pro Wrestling Stories0
The CHRIS CANDIDO Story
Part 3: Redemption Before Death
JC: “At the funeral, the whole entire wrestling world, everyone from TNA came, everyone from WWE came. There were lines around the fucking block to go in to see him. We had the service at this very nice church, St. Catherine’s. All the guys were there, pretty much anyone you can name was there. Then we had an after dinner at this big restaurant and after that, a lot of guys came to the house, including Sabu and Sandman. Thank God I had some family and fifteen or twenty really close friends staying with me for the next few days. I don’t know how I would have handled this alone. Sabu stayed for three or four days and Sandman stayed for four to five days.
I had all my buddies around me during this time. I asked myself, ‘What would my brother want me to do? He would want me to wrestle,” so that is what I did. So I got right back on the road and started wrestling right away.
It’s like a fog, it really was. It was just nuts, man, him dying. It seems like when it was happening I was going through the motions. I’ll be honest, even when I was wrestling after the fact, I would go back to the locker room and I’d expect to see him there. It was like I was looking for something that wasn’t there.”
PWS: “It must have been a really tough adjustment.”
JC: “Totally, because he would always be there. It was hard to go back to a locker room and not see him sitting there lacing up his boots or whatever, waiting for me.”
PWS: “You mentioned that whenever he would have a rough patch and end up in the hospital, this was because of drugs. This time, however, was different because he was in the hospital due to a blood clot forming after having titanium plates and screws inserted into his legs after dislocating his ankle and fracturing both his tibia and fibula at TNA Lockdown on April 24, 2005. According to what has been written online, it was the blood clot that ended up being his cause of death.”
JC: “No, no, no. That’s incorrect, it wasn’t a blood clot that killed him. The autopsy said the cause of death was acute pneumonia.
We did an autopsy and it turns out that someone, against doctor’s orders, had given him a sleep aid. They said “Here, you need to sleep. Take this.” So he took it and it slowed down his breathing, his lung filled with fluid and he died of acute pneumonia. It’s a fucked up story. It would take me forever to even start getting into it.”