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Luna Vachon, a female wrestler of WWE fame, dies at age 48

08/27/2010 by Corinne Heller

Luna Vachon is pictured in an undated photo posted on the WWE website (Photo courtesy of WWE) Luna Vachon, a Canadian former wrestler known for her bleached hair, spiky leather outfits and signature scowl, has died at age 48, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) says.

"World Wrestling Entertainment has been made aware of the passing of Gertrude (Luna) Vachon," the organization said in a statement on its website on Friday. "WWE extends its deepest condolences to the Vachon family."

Vachon was found dead at her mother's home in Canada, where she had been staying after a fire destroyed her house and most of her wrestling memorabilia earlier this month, according to the website Canoe.ca, adding that the cause of her death has not been determined.

Vachon was known as "Trudy" to friends, had suffered from bipolar disorder throughout her life. She was taught to wrestle as a child by Paul "The Butcher" Vachon, whom she considered her father.

"I grew up wanting to be a part of this business so badly," she said in a 2007 interview with WWE. "My family discouraged me at first. My aunt Vivian was a wrestler, so they knew the kind of toll that wrestling could take on a womans body. I didnt let that stop me though. It was in my blood, and all I wanted to do was become a wrestler."

Vachon joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1992 and teamed with Bam Bam Bigelow to beat Doink the Clown and his sidekick Dink at WrestleMania X in 1994.

Vachon worked for several other wrestling organizations and was under contract with WWE between 1993 and 2000. She became a born again Christian about six years ago and retired from wrestling in 2007. She then worked as a tow truck operator.

"I absolutely love it," she told WWE at the time. "At the end of the day, my hands and face are greasy, theres dirt under my fingernails, and my body is exhausted. But, it makes me feel good to know that Ive put in a hard day of labor, and ultimately, Ive lent a hand to somebody that needed my help."

Vachon was married three times and is survived by two sons and two granddaughters.

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