Michael ‘Crash Holly’ Lockwood Nov. 20, 2003 By Bill Gamblin, Jr. (a journalist for local newspapers in Santa Rosa County, Florida)
NAVARRE - Santa Rosa County Special Investigators are awaiting a toxicology report for the official cause of death of former WWE Hardcore Champion Crash Holly (Michael Lockwood).
Holly, who also wrestled under the aliases of Mad Mikey (NWA/TNA) and Erin O’Grady in the APW before joining the WWE, was found dead by Santa Rosa County Deputies on Nov. 6.
Deputies were dispatched to the home of Holly’s friend and current WWE wrestler Steven Richards after they received a call from Connecticut State Trooper Holsterom, a friend of Crash.
Holsterom called law enforcement officials on Nov. 6 to check on Holly’s welfare after describing him as depressed on the telephone the night before.
After responding to the residence and finding no one at home, Dep. Robert Arthur reported back to Trooper Holsterom that after knocking, ringing the doorbell and checking all of the doors and windows, he was unable to get any response.
Trooper Holsterom then contacted Santa Rosa County Realtor James Holland, who listed the Richards house and had him get in touch with Deputy Arthur to give him access to the home.
Holland opened the home for Deputy Arthur, who found Holly laying face down in the kitchen partially clothed.
Holly, 32, was pronounced dead at 2:37 p.m. on Thursday and is survived by his wife and daughter.
Holly had a pool of vomit and blood around his face and rigor had set in the body by the time it was discovered.
Deputy Arthur found an open fifth of Southern Comfort on the kitchen counter and an empty pill bottle.
Authorities found the bottle to have contained 350 mg capsules of Carisoprodol, which is a generic medication for Soma.
The prescription for the generic Soma was issued on Nov. 4 with 90 capsules and Holly was prescribed three pills per day, but was found to be empty when officers arrived.
Dr. Andrea Minyard, with the District 1 Florida Medical Examiners Office in Pensacola, conducted an autopsy on Nov. 7 and found no evidence of bruising or other injuries, according to Santa Rosa Crime Scene Technician Charlie Peters.
Dr. Minyard believed the pending toxicology report would reveal the cause of death.
Normally the results of a toxicology report are returned in 12 to 14 weeks according to the District 1 Medical Examiners office.
During a search of the scene, Deputies of the Santa Rosa County Crime Scene Investigations Unit found copy of separation and property agreement forms from Rowan County, N.C., a prescription bottle that contained Effexor 75 mg tablets and a cell phone.
The last number called by Holly was that of Richards, the owner of the residence in which Holley’s body was found, who deputies identified as Mike Manna, on Nov. 5 at 12:54 p.m.
Further investigation of the house led deputies to a computer, which was searched for the possibility of a note or some indication as to why Holly died.
In the garage officers found a green Ford Explorer, which contained a Jansport backpack. Inside the backpack deputies found money, paperwork from Children and Family Services, Santa Rosa County Avalon Center DUI class papers and a prescription.
A brief case in the vehicle contained divorce papers.
Holly was arrested by a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputy on Oct. 4 and charged with driving under the influence as well as drug possession, according to Santa Rosa County Public Information Deputy Jerry Henderson.
Holly, who was living in Richards home as it was on the market, had previously joked about being Richards’ housewife’, taking care of the house and garden, while he was working for the WWE during a Wrestling Online.com interview in August.
The idea for the Mad Mikey led to another joke during the interview by Lockwood: "If you lived with Stevie Richards, you'd be mad too!"
Before joining the NWA/TNA, one of Holly’s last matches was a win over Funaki on WWE Velocity on April 19.
Holly, whose character was created by Vince Russo, was introduced as the cousin of Bob ‘Hardcore’ Holly to wrestling fans in 1999 and was the first WWE Hardcore Champion to defend his title under the 24/7 rule after defeating Test before the division was later done away with.
Crash, who held the hardcore title around 22 different times also held the WWE Tag Team, European and Light Heavyweight titles.
He was also part of WrestleMania 2000 when he put the title up in a hardcore battle royal.
During his career Crash and his cousin Bob ‘Hardcore’ Holly tried to do battle with the so-called super heavyweights of wrestling.
To promote this era Crash and Bob would use scales to see if their opponents measured up to their standard of competition, which was 6-foot 6-inches and 400 pounds. If the opponents didn’t measure up they might refuse to wrestle stating it was a waste of time.
Crash was reported to be opening a wrestling school in Salisbury, N.C. in 2002.
Other former WWE Wrestlers or those connected with the sport to have recently passed away were Stu Hart, Mike Hegstrand (Road Warrior Hawk), Mr. Perfect Curt Henning, Louie Spicolli, Ms. Elizabeth and Classy Freddie Blassie.
Lockwood’s (Crash) wrestling career started under the direction of Roland Alexander’s school, where the WWE and Jim Cornette noticed him on a tape wrestling Vic Grimes.
-------------------- Still really sad about his death. Even more now reading this report. I wonder now seeing the last number called by Lockwood was Richards, I wonder what/if they talked about. Someone linked this to me and said Lockwood seemed to die of what could be suicide I got really upset.
(edited by XPacArmy on 22.11.03 0802) It's like a koala bear crapped a rainbow in my brain!
I'd call it a suicide. I don't know if any of you have used somas(especially combined with alcohol), but if you take more than a handful, it's gonna knock you on your ass. He had to have taken a LOT at one time. Sad.
You Samoans are all the same. You have no faith in the essential decency of the white man's culture.
Well, it's not just the mixing of pills and alcohol that indicate suicide. Because the pills were sitting next to the bottle, it indicates that he intentionally took them together. He also had recently been looking over the papers for his impending divorce, and there was his friend the state trooper, who was worried enough to send the cops to check on him. Maybe each one of these doesn't mean much on its own, but together its a pretty compelling case for suicide unless some new evidence comes up. It would also clear up his wife's remarks about his death. Remember, she said that people who thought it was just an overdose were way off about what happened, but she didn't want to talk about it. If he killed himself because he was depressed about the divorce, that would clear that up.
My humble reactions: 1) I missed most of the tag opener getting my wings out of the oven. No, that's not a euphemism. Since the title match had such little build-up, I liked using this match to create more concern that Benoit can't overcome Kane. 2)