wrestler Chase Tatum found dead in Atlanta
The former WCW wrestler Chase Tatum was found dead on
Sunday at his Atlanta home of what appears to be an accidental
drug overdose, it was reported earlier today. Chase Tatum's body
was discovered by a friend at his Buckhead home, a neighborhood
in Metro Atlanta, in the afternoon on Sunday. Tatum could not be
revived by the emergency personnel and was pronounced dead. . A
toxicology report has been ordered by the Fulton County Medical
Examiner, which will take anywhere from six to eight weeks, the
local coroner's office said.
Chase Tatum was recovering from back
surgery, which he had 10 days earlier to repair a degenerative
disc and an accidental overdose with painkillers is the likely
cause of dead, although this must be confirmed by the toxicology
report first. Roy Tatum, the father of Chase, told the Atlanta
Journal Constitution that his son had been battling a painkiller
dependence for years but had made plans to enter a
rehabilitation facility in Miami. "He was in the process of
getting his life back together. He was confident he was going to
turn things around, to live a normal life again without those
painkillers," Tatum's father was quoted on Monday.
Chase Tatum started his short career
with the WCW in 1999, when he was accepted on his first try and
debuted in pro-wresting shortly after. Chase Tatum retired from
wrestling after about two-and-a-half years. However, his brief
wrestling career left him with severe back problems but without
health insurance to pay for the surgery. According to his
father, it was then when Chase turned to painkillers to keep him
going. Following his brief WCW career, Chase Tatum found success
as an actor, staring the low-budget comedy, "Who's Your Caddy?"
in 2007 alongside costar rapper Big Boi of Outkast. Tatum also
worked as a road manager and personal assistant with Outkast.
Chase Tatum's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount
Paran Church of God in Atlanta.