“The Spartan Swinger” Brian Danovich passed away at the age of 38. His cause of death is still unconfirmed at this time.
Many fans will remember Danovich from his participation in Tough Enough’s fourth season where he tore his pectoral muscle during the tryouts. John Laurinaitis was head of WWE’s Talent Relations at the time and he was so impressed with Danovich’s drive to finish the tryouts while injured that he extended the WWE hopeful a developmental contract.
Danovich never made it to the main roster. After a couple of consecutive injuries, he was eventually released from his WWE developmental contract in late September 2005.
Brian Zane spoke about Danovich in a farewell video on his YouTube channel, Wrestling With Wregret, where he shared some thoughts about a man he was a fan of at first. Zane got to know Danovich though their collaboration on several videos.
“He went through a lot of stuff,” Zane said. “I think what I was most impressed about after talking with him and learning all of this was how he was able to keep his head high through all of this and keep going. He was such an optimist. He had such a positive attitude about everything.”
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