hector-garzaSeveral wrestling websites have reported the recent passing of Mexican professional wrestler Hector Garza who passed away on Sunday at the young age of 43.

Hector Garza competed for several international promotions including WWE and WCW in the mid-90s. He retired from in-ring competition in 2011 and was diagnosed with lung cancer a year later. Garza tried battling his illness with chemotherapy but would succumb to it eventually.

It’s being reported that Hector Garza was in rough shape during the last few months of his life. As of this report there isn’t anymore information known about his death.

In 1997, Garza debuted for the WWF at the Royal Rumble event in San Antonio, Texas. This was part of a agreement that the WWF had with the lucha libre promotion AAA. He had a few matches in company after the event but would head to Altanta to work for WCW where he appeared occasionally in their cruiserweight division. Hector Garza was part of an elite group of luchador wrestlers as Psychosis, Rey Mysterio and others. He was even part of the Latin World World with the late Eddie Guerrero, Juventud Guerrera, Hector Garza, Chavo Guerrero, Jr amongst many others.

In 2004, as part of an agreement with AAA, Hector Garza debuted in TNA Wrestling to take part in their X-Division. He took part in the international “X-Cup” tournament, that featured competitors from across the globe. A year later while leading up to a pay-per-view match he was arrested in Houston for possession of steroids. As a result he was deported back to Mexico and this put an end to his career in America.

He returned to CMLL a few months later, and was part of several faction-based feuds. It led to him being part of a triple threat match at the CMLL 72nd Anniversary show. He would stay with CMLL until his departure in 2011 due to his lung cancer.

Up until Hector Garza’s passing, he was in his second reign as Mexican National Heavyweight Champion. His first reign was in 2002, where he had held the belt for 92 days. His recent reign began on February 14, 2012, and had lasted 468 days until his death.

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