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Other News: Former manager Larry Sweeney reportedly dies at age 29, colleague remembers Sweeney's life

Apr 11, 2011 - 1:16:36 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

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Former wrestling manager Larry Sweeney (real name Alex Whybrow) has died at the age of 29, according to multiple friends and wrestling colleagues.

Specific details on Sweeney's death are unknown at this time. Sweeney was in and out of the wrestling business after parting ways with ROH in 2009.

Sweeney suffered from bipolar disorder and had a break down in 2009, which he described as "the absolute worst event" of his life at the time.

Sweeney went through a long recovery process in 2010 and was trying to find work outside of pro wrestling. He worked for a handful of independent promotions in 2010, but did not resurface on a national level.

Wrestler/trainer Chris Hero posted the following note on Twitter Monday afternoon:

"We lost a dedicated friend and an overwhelmingly talented performer this morning. Alex Whybrow aka "Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney has passed. We spent a few yrs together on the road & Alex was gifted beyond measure. He could enthrall you with colorful stories from his personal life or he could captivate thousands with his undeniable charisma.

"I loved him & my heart is with his family, friends & his countless fans. First he was my student & he transcended that almost immediately. I will forever cherish our in depth conversations & time spent together Love you man. Miss you. Rest in Peace."

-- Further Reading: PWTorch specialist Mike Roe has published a story on the 89.3 KPCC public radio station in California reviewing Sweeney's life & death. SCPR.org.


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