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‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose, Wrestler, Found Dead

Playboy Buddy Rose

“Playboy” Buddy Rose, a wrestler during the 70s and 80s, has died. Rose, aka Paul Perschmann, was found in his home in Vancouver, Washington this week. He was 56 years old.

‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose Death

The cause of “Playboy” Buddy Rose’s death has not yet been determined. Family friends, however, tell area media outlets Rose suffered from diabetes and other health issues.

“Playboy” Buddy Rose worked with both the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and the American Wrestling Association. He made history when he wrestled in the first WrestleMania event in March of 1985. Rose wrestled as the masked “Executioner.” He lost to Tito Santana.

Rose’s final public match was in 2005 at a Wrestle Reunion event in Florida.

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5 Responses to “‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose, Wrestler, Found Dead”

  1. John E. Bredehoft (Empoprises)

    Sad news about the death of Playboy Buddy Rose. I lived in Portland between 1979 and 1983, and enjoyed the small-town late-night wrestling that was shown on TV in Portland in those days. Unlike today's WWF or WWE or whatever they're called, Portland wrestling was local and low-key, with relatively quiet announcer Frank Bonnema providing a contrast to the more hyper commercial pitchmen (Tom “buy in quantity” Peterson) and the wrestlers themselves. Buddy Rose was the dominant bad guy while I was in Portland, and he was always entertaining and captured fan interest – a local band even recorded a song about him. He will be missed.

  2. Vickie Abernathy

    This is Vickie Sherry's sister
    Please let me know when & where
    so i can send flowers and
    I might be able to come.

  3. Feryne

    It is truly sad that atl the really good wrestlers are dying. I am sad to see them go all young and no reasons to die. May you all rest in peace.

  4. Paula

    one of the great ones from the Pacific Northwest gone…how sad, I've seen him many times over the years and would be honored to attend his funeral or gathering…

  5. Ronald Donald

    this is really sad to me. I used to talk to Buddy a lot when he would come in late and buy XL pizzas. I knew his real name and always addressed him by it. He seemed to like that. Many times he offered to take me in the dressing room to meet other wrestlers. I have met most of the big names from the 60's and 70's so we had lots to talk about. I will miss Buddy a lot. He was a genuine gentlemean and a great entertainer.

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