One of Hillbilly Jim’s(not Modlin) realtives found dead/Ron Simmons and Sgt. Slaughter get the boot

Lanny Keane, Jr., who was better known as Cousin Junior from Hillbilly Jim’s WWF stable in the 1980s, was found dead today in Frankfort, Ky., according to Bill Behrens at

Keane appeared on a few episodes of WWE’s “Saturday Night’s Main Event” show in 1985 as a clumsy family member carrying a horseshoe in a sack before being written off TV storylines.

In the 1990s, Keane wrestled as Big Daddy Cyrus and feuded against Jerry Lawler in the USWA promotion. On the Feb. 11 edition of USWA TV, Keane was dismantled by Lawler and former WWE champion Sid Vicious.

WWE released Sgt. Slaughter (a/k/a Robert Remus) and Ron Simmons as part of the recent wave of budget cuts, according to Mike Johnson of

Slaughter, a WWE Hall of Famer and a former WWE (WWF) Champion, has been with the company on and off since 1980. Simmons, a former WCW Champion, wrestled for the company and worked behind the scenes as an agent in recent years.

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