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Former WWE wrestler Andrew Martin dies in Tampa apartment

Former wrestling champion Andrew "Test" Martin was found dead in his Tampa apartment last night. Police don't suspect foul play.

At about 8 p.m. Friday, police went to the Post Harbour Apartments at 725 Harbour Place Drive to check on Martin. A neighbor had reported that she could see in his apartment through a window and that Martin appeared motionless for several hours, Tampa police said.

Officers entered his apartment and reported that Martin was dead. He was taken to the Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Martin, 33, is a former champion with World Wrestling Entertainment. He died just four days short of his 34th birthday.

According to wrestling Web site Impactsports.com, he was scheduled to leave this month for a wrestling tour of Europe that would have made stops in several countries.

Martin made news last April when he was arrested in Pasco and charged with driving under the influence.

He dated wrestler and model Barbara Blank, of Jacksonville, for about two years, Barbara's sister, Mary Blank said. They recently broke up but were still best friends, said Mary Blank, 19.

"That was the love of her life," she said.

In a phone call, Mary Blank described Martin as part of the family. He'd drive up to Jacksonville for Thanksgivings, Easters and Christmases with the family. The last time Mary Blank saw him was the Fourth of July.

"We all loved Andrew," she said. "He was a great guy."

The family doesn't have any ideas about the cause of his death, she said. Barbara Blank, who's wrestling name is Kelly Kelly, is flying in to Florida today. She was in Texas for a show when she got the news Friday night.

Her MySpace status reads, "You were my world my best friend the one i always ran to u were always there for me..what happened to our plan...Why did god take u away from me...my heart is always with u and u only..I know your in heaven watching over me now my angel..."

Former WWE wrestler Andrew Martin dies in Tampa apartment 03/14/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 16, 2009 9:24am]
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