Johnny Meadows dead at 59: Ex-WWE and WCW star loses battle with coronavirus after month on ventilator

WWE and WCW star Johnny Meadows has died aged 59 after contracting coronavirus.

Meadows, real name John Condrone, had reportedly been on a ventilator since September 28 as a result of complications from Covid-19.

Wrestling against the likes of Ric Flair, Condrone began his career in the early Eighties in Southeastern Championship Wrestling.

He grappled other well-known stars such as Big John Studd, Hector Guerrero and The Mongolian Stomper.

His big break came against the legendary Flair in world title fights against the Nature Boy and Abdullah the Butcher.

Following this came a number of stints in other promotions such as NWA, ECW and AWA.

Condrone was also known for forming part of the Paradise City Rockers with Joey Cazana and The Dream Team with Don Lucas.

He also played the part with The Stingers, who acted as henchmen for Flair and Sting in WCW.

Condrone was also a Grammy-nominated ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers] songwriter.

He was part of and toured with groups such as Tranquility Express and The Roane State Boys.

Condrone's passing comes after Mexican wrestler Luis Angel Salazar, who fought as Principe Aereo, died last weekend.

He went down after receiving two slaps to the chest as his opponent Redimido ran towards him to deliver another blow.

Salazar, who was just 26, died after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm

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