Axl Rotten, real name Brian Knighton, was found deceased today at the age of 44 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to PWInsider, he was found by authorities in a motel.

WWE issued the following statement on his passing on Thursday evening:

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.

Rotten suffered from a spine injury in recent years that forced him out of the ring. He was living in Anchorage Rehab Center in Salisbury, Maryland.



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