WWE Superstar Eduardo Gory Guerrero, better known in the wrestling world simply as Eddie, was found dead Sunday morning in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Guerrero, a former WWE champion and a regular mainstay on UPN's Friday Night SmackDown!, was in town to compete in a championship match for a taped WWE Supershow, slated to air on television later this week. He was 38.
After failing to respond to a 7 a.m. wake-up call, hotel security at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center accompanied Eddie's nephew and fellow WWE performer Chavo Guerrero Jr. in trying to establish contact with Eddie. Following a series of unsuccessful phone calls and knocks on his hotel room door, they finally forced their way into the room, only to find Eddie's body lying on the floor.
Upon initial investigation, police stated that there were no apparent signs of foul play and that an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of Guerrero’s untimely death.
In the past, it has been well documented that Eddie fought numerous battles with alcoholism and drug abuse, both of which nearly cost him his career and his family. However, in a recent press conference held by WWE chairman Vince McMahon, Chavo told reporters that Eddie found faith in Christianity and had been sober for the past four years.
"This is a huge loss to the WWE," a somber Vince McMahon said. "Eddie Guerrero was one of the stellar performers in the history of our business." McMahon went on to say that "He will be so missed by WWE fans. There is only one Eddie Guerrero."
When asked whether or not anything will be done to commemorate Guerroro’s life and legacy, McMahon stated that the Sunday night tapings for its two flagship television programs, Monday Night RAW and Friday Night SmackDown!, will be altered in format, and both will be turned into tribute shows to pay honor to the recently departed wrestler. "Eddie Guerrero, being the consummate performer that he is, would want the show to go on. You are going to see these human beings, really not so much as performers, but as friends of Eddie Guerrero, who want to say something about and to Eddie," McMahon states.
"If it's a tribute show to Eddie, then I'd want to be a part of it, and I know he'd want me to be a part of it also," Chavo added.
Guerrero's unexpected passing is a tragic loss to the world of sports entertainment. Whether it was to his millions of fans around the world or his dozens of colleagues in the locker room, Eddie was equally loved and respected for his infectious personality and passion for the business. Despite his occasional bouts as an onscreen "heel" (villain) on WWE programming, crowd chants of "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie" were constantly heard in almost every town he went to.
Eduardo "Eddie" Guerrero is survived by his wife, Vickie, and three daughters, Shaul, 14, Sherilyn, 9, and Kaylie Marie, 3.