Original Doink the Clown, Beloved WWE Heel, Dies at 55
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Original Doink the Clown, Beloved WWE Heel, Dies at 55

First Paul Bearer and now Doink?! What is with this year?

Matthew Osborne, the original man behind the paint of pro-wrestling icon Doink the Clown, was found dead by his girlfriend in Texas. He was 55.

A son of a pro wrestler, "Tough" Tony Borne, Matt thrived while playing strong, outrageous wrestling personas. He got his start in the WCW as "Big Josh," a lumberjack, but quickly rose to fame as the prankster clown Doink in the World Wrestling Federation, now World Wrestling Entertainment, in the early '90s. The riff was, according to PW Insider, that the WWF had "become a circus."

Eventually, the Doink character grew bigger than Matt, especially when he started using his "twin magic" that allowed multiple Doinks to appear to win matches or make multiple road appearances. But it started with Matt.

Once he moved to ECW, they played on that same riff that had made him successful in the WWF, renaming him "Borne Again," with the schtick that the wrestler had been pulled back out of the clown.

More recently, Matt had been working in indie leagues. Head over to Bleacher Report to let the experts tell you about the multiple roles that Matt played throughout his career!

We wish the best to his friends and family.

Sources: PW Insider, Bleacher Report, Toronto Sun

06.28.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
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