The independent wrestling world is mourning yet another tragic loss. Markus Crane, the deathmatch specialist who may be best known for his run in Game Changer Wrestling, has passed away. Crane was only 33 years old.

GCW announced the terrible news in a statement via Twitter. They expressed their appreciation for Crane’s outlaw spirit. He was a major contributor during the company’s early days.

“With sadness, GCW mourns the loss of Markus Crane. As a performer, Markus embodied the spirit of GCW. He was an underdog and an outlaw. He was fearless in the ring and determined to succeed against the odds. He played a major role in GCW’s early success and was part of the heart and soul of our roster from day one.

Markus was passionate about GCW and Deathmatch Wrestling. We were proud to have him represent GCW at Korakuen Hall during our inaugural show in Japan.


In 2019, Markus suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly took his life. We were all inspired (but surprised) as he made a miraculous recovery and worked tirelessly to make his eventual return to the ring.

Most recently, Markus returned home to his family with a commitment to focusing his energy towards a healthier lifestyle. He had celebrated a series of milestones in his sobriety in which he was proud to show off and left us all excited for his future.

As a friend, Markus was caring and loyal. He was quick to smile, or bring a smile to your face. We were all lucky to know him.

Rest in Peace, Markus. We will miss you.”

Markus Crane’s cause of death is not yet known. He will be sorely missed by his fans and fans of GCW. Ringside News sends their condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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