Former WCW And NJPW Talent Frank Andersson Passes Away

Some sad news to pass along.

It has unfortunately been confirmed that former WCW talent Frank Andersson has passed away at the age of 62. Frank Andersson, full name Frank Övind Stefan Andersson was born in Trollhattan, Sweden in 1956 and was an accomplished amateur wrestler throughout the years that he was in the sport. Frank captured Gold medals at the 1973 and 1975 Junior World Championships and obtained more gold as he continued to compete through the late 1970's and into the early 80's. In 2006 Frank Andersson was inducted into the Amateur Wrestling Hall Of Fame.

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After wrapping up his amateur career, Frank decided to transition to the world of professional wrestling and was trained by NCAA Division I All-American and former AWA World Tag Team Champion Brad Rheingans. Andersson began his career working for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1991 and two years later he kick-started his run in WCW. In 1995 Frank Andersson tied the bow on his pro wrestling career and ventured off to pursue other endeavors such as dance competition shows and participating in Swedish reality television programs.

The news of Frank's passing was confirmed by his agent and friend Mattias Frisk who spoke with the Swedish news outlet 'Sport Bladet' about Frank's death.

"I was there and was greeted on Friday after surgery. Then he was conscious. I was glad he was awake and we sat talking and he was a fighter so he said this would probably go," says Mattias. "He was joking that he would fall asleep, but said he hoped he would wake up. He did, and the operation was successful, and I thought this might work, but at last it did not go."

In August Frank Andersson was hospitalized due to heart problems. This past Thursday he underwent heart surgery which was an eight-hour operation and today he passed away following complications from that surgery. Frank's ex-wife Jeanette Bouvin Nygren posted the following image on Instagram saluting the late Frank Andersson.


Sov gott Frank!

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