Giant Gonzalez, the tallest ever professional wrestler in the history of sports entertainment is no more. The former WWE star died a premature death at the age of 44 after his long battle against diabetes. For last ten years, Gonzalez was living in his hometown at San Marin, Argentina and the news of his demise is being confirmed by his family.
The 7’ 7’’ wrestler’s real name was Jorge Gonzalez. He first came to USA in late 1980s to be a basketball player. But he failed to break into professional NBA and joined Ted Turner’s WCW. For the first 2 years in the company, he was used as a face called “El Gigante”. He enjoyed a feud with the famous “Four Horseman” during that period. Later he left WCW to join their rival promotion WWE (then WWF).
In WWE, he was given a spotlight almost as big as him when he first appeared in Royal Rumble and eliminated The Undertaker. His rivalry with The Undertaker continued for a pretty long period and ended with his departure from WWE. In the Summerslam of 1993, he lost a “Rest in Peace” match against The Undertaker and left the organization shortly after the defeat. Gonzalez later continued in the independent circuit in Japan till 1995 before he was forced to retire due to his sciatic nerve pain.
He went back to his hometown in Argentina in 1998. His battle with the disease took a lot away from him. In the last few years, Gonzalez was bound in a wheelchair. In fact, he couldn’t join his convention program in USA this year due to his illness. Giant Gonzalez is the fourth wrestler to pass away in last two months; following Lance Cade, Luna Vachon and Bastion Booger.