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Former ECW wrestler, Brian Knighton, better known as Axl Rotten, has dead this week at the age of 44.

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WWE issued a brief statement:

WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Brian Knighton, best known for competing in ECW as Axl Rotten from 1993 to 1999, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Knighton’s family, friends and fans.

Knighton was known for his violent battles with his “brother” Ian Rotten, and later formed a tag team with Balls Mahoney. Knighton would later return to ECW/WWE for one more time for the pay-per-view One Night Stand in 2005.

There has been no cause of death determined at this time.