Former WWE Tough Enough winner Matt Cappotelli died Friday after a battle with brain cancer.
Former WWE Tough Enough winner Matt Cappotelli died Friday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 38.
His wife, Lindsay Cappotelli, first announced the news on her Facebook page.
"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus exactly one year after his brain surgery," Cappotelli wrote in her post.
She added, "You think you can be prepared for this when you know it’s coming, but you just can’t. The only person who’s comfort I want right now is the one who can’t give it to me. I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn’t change how much I miss him."
WWE then announced the news with a statement.
Cappotelli was a member of the Western Michigan football team and a co-winner of WWE Tough Enough III. He shared the victory with John Morrison. He was remembered by other superstars, including Morrison.
Crushed to hear about the passing of Matt Cappotelli. He was talented, passionate & possessed a heart of GOLD. Everyone should fight as hard as Matt fought. Condolences to his friends, family & the countless others he touched on his journey. Rest In Peace Capp.— KASSIUS (KASH-US) (@KassiusOhno) June 29, 2018
In 2005, Matt Cappotelli & I were gonna be brought up to WWE Smackdown as the tag team “Reality Check.” One day out of no where he called me and said that he had just been diagnosed w/ brain cancer. On the phone, even with this scary news he remained positive and was gonna fight to beat cancer. He has been fighting for his life ever since. Every time I saw him he was positive and always had a smile on his face. Today, we lost a good one. A true fighter. My condolences to his wife and family. Matt, you will be missed my friend. #RIPMatt #TeamCapp
Cappotelli was initially diagnosed with brain cancer in 2007 before the cancer returned in 2017 and worsened.