The professional wrestling world is a double-edged sword, and wrestlers can pass away for various reasons. This week, Frankie “Francisco” Ciatso, a fixture in the Florida independent wrestling scene since the late 1990s, has passed away. Now, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist his family after his untimely demise.

The WWN Training Center and Full Impact Pro have launched a GoFundMe campaign to assist the family of Frankie Ciatso, who passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 48.

The campaign aims to support his wife in arranging a funeral/memorial befitting the remarkable person he was. Ciatso was known for his kindness, unwavering loyalty, and commitment to nurturing the spirit of professional wrestling.

The campaign expresses gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy and support from the wrestling community and beyond during this challenging time.


Frankie’s presence was a source of inspiration not just to his peers in the locker room but to all who encountered him beyond the confines of the ring. Renowned for his kindness and unwavering loyalty, he was deeply committed to nurturing and preserving the spirit of professional wrestling.

Frankie’s departure was serene, as he passed away peacefully in his sleep due to congestive heart failure. This sudden loss has left us unprepared, and we find ourselves seeking support to arrange a funeral/memorial befitting the remarkable person he was. I am profoundly grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support from everyone during this challenging time. The wave of love and solidarity from both within and outside the wrestling community is truly overwhelming and something Frankie himself would have been deeply moved by.

Frankie Ciatso’s wrestling career was featured in the 2019 documentary “Journeyman,” which won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Awards that year. Ringside News extends its deepest condolences to Frankie Ciatso’s family and loved ones during this sad time and prays his family gets all the help they can get.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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