Former WWE wrestler Matt Osborne, who portrayed the character Doink the Clown, has died at 55 years old. His death was first reported by TMZ who says that Osborne was reportedly found at home by his girlfriend.
Though Osborne had a long in-ring career with multiple companies, he is most remembered for portraying Doink for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) between 1992 and 1993. He was eventually let go from the company, with the Doink character continuing to make appearances featuring other wrestlers playing the part.
Osborne returned to the company as Doink in 2007 for a special anniversary show, taking part in a match consisting of other wrestling legends.
The company released a statement on Osborne’s death, which reads, “Reports indicate that Matt Osborne, aka the original Doink the Clown, has passed away. A rugged brawler in promotions like Mid-South Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, Osborne made a major impact in WWE under the greasepaint of a prankster named Doink — one of the most enduring personas of the early ’90s. WWE is saddened by the news of Osborne’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to Osborne’s family, friends and fans.”
Osborne continued to wrestle sporadically and make appearances at conventions, though he was semi-retired.