The Tragic Death Of Andrew ‘Test’ Martin
Reported by: Ryan Clark
Andrew Martin, best known for his days as Test in WWE, has been found dead in his apartment at the age of 33. He would have been 34 in four days.
Authorities in Tampa, Florida, where Martin lived, have not provided any details yet. They have stated that a body was found in a condo, but have not confirmed that the body in question was Martin, however multiple people within the wrestling industry have confirmed that it was Martin’s body that was found.
Martin was released from WWE back in February of 2007 after failing a drug test. He then worked for TNA but was not offered a contract and went on to work a bit in Japan. Once again, we would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Martin.
The following is an article from Slam! Wrestling:
THE wrestling world is in mourning following the death of Andrew Martin at the age of just 33.
Best known as Test in the WWE, Martin won the federationâ€™s intercontinental, European, hardcore and tag titles. In his peak in the late 90s, he was regularly involved in storylines with The Rock, Triple H and the McMahon family.
Police in Tampa, Florida, were called to his home at 8pm on Friday night after his neighbour reported she could see a man lying motionless inside. The officers forced entry and found Martin dead. His body was transported to the local Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Martin’s last stint in the WWE lasted from 2006-2007 but he left under a cloud after falling foul of the companyâ€™s strict Wellness Policy. Questions over steroid abuse also stopped rival wrestling company TNA giving him a full-time job shortly afterwards.
In April 2008, Martin made local news headlines when he was arrested on a drink-driving charge in Florida. His police mugshot showed a man very different to in his wrestling prime.
Martin announced his retirement from the grappling business in December 2007 â€“ although he was supposed to be going on a farewell tour of Ireland this March.
It is thought he wanted to return to college and become a personal trainer, leaving his dark days behind him.
The star â€“ who had dated WWE Divas Stacy Keibler and Kelly Kelly â€“ recently wrote on his MySpace page: â€œThey say nobody retires from wrestling. â€œI can’t tell you how much I hate to see guys keep working long after they should be dead or permanently disabled. â€œYou have to come to terms when you ask yourself what is your health worth? To me? You can’t put a price on it! â€œSo what are you wrestling for? One man’s greed so he might throw you a bone? â€œI loved wrestling, it was good to me. I’m still young, I’m in the shape of my life I’ve got some money tucked away. â€œI never got into wrestling to be rich and famous.â€
There are no further details as yet on the cause of death or funeral arrangements. Martin was just a few days away from celebrating his 34th birthday.
WWE diva Kelly Kelly posted a status update on her MySpace page following the sudden death of her former boyfriend, Andrew “Test” Martin.
Kelly Kelly’s message:
“You were my world … my best friend the one I always ran to … You were always there for me … what happened to our plan …Why did God take you away from me … my heart is always with you and you only … I know you’re in heaven watching over me now my angel …”