Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Don Kernodle (died May 17th, aged 71)

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Ex-WWE star and multi-time NWA Tag Champion Don Kernodle had been suffering from several health issues prior to his passing. But in the May 18th episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reported that Kernodle died by suicide after allegedly visiting the doctor to get his heart checked, and receiving a “bad diagnosis” in the process.

Kernodle, who served as a deputy sheriff with the Alamance County sheriff’s office in North Carolina, following his pro wrestling days, was scheduled to be inducted into the Lou Thesz/George Tragos Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in July.