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--- Topic: gino hernandez cocaine overdose death 86 ( 35 posts )

tamalie - November 09th, 2007 20:05 GMT


I keep hearing that theory and have never subscribed to it. It has always come off as a combination of hearsay and conjecture.
bhayes67 - November 12th, 2007 02:03 GMT




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In Tully Blanchard Shoot Interview, he says that Gino was murdered since he owed alot of gamblers in Dallas and Houston money and David Manning says the same thing and that the "official" release was that Gino o'deed.
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Gary Hart basically said the same thing. Actually, pretty much everyone with any backstage knowledge at the time thinks that Gino was murdered.
bravo312 - November 12th, 2007 04:49 GMT


Yeah, he overdosed. It's been thought of as a hit/murder but in reality he over did it one time too many.
JAMES BEARD - November 12th, 2007 15:39 GMT




------ QUOTE from  MXpress, November 09th, 2007 02:44  GMT ------
In Tully Blanchard Shoot Interview, he says that Gino was murdered since he owed alot of gamblers in Dallas and Houston money and David Manning says the same thing and that the "official" release was that Gino o'deed.
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That's impossible to prove, but Gino had some shady friends, indeed.  He ran in some fairly fast cirlcles and wasn't shy about showing off his flashy things, hanging out in exclusive places and with people not easy to get close to.  There had long been rumors of Gino being indebted to some folks you don't want to be in debt with. 

I have  been told that there were some suspicious things about the scene where Gino died (in his apartment) and that some of them cast some doubt on him actually killing himself accidentally by overdosing.  Chris Adams, who was as close to Gino as anyone, told me many times that he would never believe it was accidental and that others were involved in Gino's death.  But, there is no real proof.

Knowing Gino, it's not out of the question that he got on the wrong side of some bad folks.  He was not really a bad guy, but he was not always in control of himself and he was very much into living in the fast lane.  He was loud about it and excessive.  I can easily see how he could have gotten in over his head with guys who might not look too kindly on him owing them money or possibly even not happy or comfortable with the way he liked to show off his lifestyle.

You couldn't help but like Gino, but he was definitely out of control at times.
MXpress - November 12th, 2007 18:24 GMT


On the Hereos of World Class DVD, David Manning mentions Gino coming into the Sportatorium asking Manning if he had a hand gun as he felt he was being followed. I wonder how WWE will showcase Gino Hernandez on their DVD.
JohnEric - November 12th, 2007 19:40 GMT


Personally, I think it was a simple overdose. He had a substantial amount of cocaine in his system, but being an illegal substance, there is no one to regulate it. It seems more exciting to say he was killed by someone trying to "right his wrong", but having had done the stuff for SEVERAL years, it was probably only a matter of time that this unfortuanately happened to him.
JohnEric - November 12th, 2007 19:41 GMT


I would tend to believe it was suicide before I believed it was murder.
JimmyGWFLord - November 12th, 2007 23:49 GMT


Gino "sniffed" and the cocaine was mainlined. Supposedly, Gino had enough cocaine in his system to kill 10 people. Gino wasn't stupid. I don't buy the accidental overdose. jmo.
bravo312 - November 13th, 2007 04:09 GMT


It's a mystery to many but in the end he was way out of control with the cocaine and it ended his life. I think he just kept on doing more and more.
TheFabOne - November 13th, 2007 15:27 GMT




------ QUOTE from  MXpress, November 12th, 2007 18:24  GMT ------
On the Hereos of World Class DVD, David Manning mentions Gino coming into the Sportatorium asking Manning if he had a hand gun as he felt he was being followed. I wonder how WWE will showcase Gino Hernandez on their DVD.
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I wouldn't hold my breath on the WWE showing Gino in any light at all, truth be told, with all the modern day drug issues they're having, you may just hear about the VE's drug issues and even then, only scantly. Gino may just end up being airbrushed right out of the revisionist history that WWE will portray. As much as I don't agree with WWE and refuse to watch anymore, I will purchase the WCCW set because it is the history of what we all watched and enjoyed. I urge others to do the same, but don't be disappointed if you see non-WCCW people like the Brooklyn Brawler giving commentary on this legendary territory, because we all know, the Brawler is such an expert on World Class, right?

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MXpress - November 13th, 2007 22:22 GMT


Atleast Steve Lombardi was not on the AWA DVD or the 4 Horsemen DVD. I doubt he will be on the World Class DVD and I bet Jerry Brisco might be on there to shed light, in a positive way I hope. Ric Flair will definately not be on there.

But atleast if they show clips of Gino and assentuate his positives, then that will be fine.
Bix - November 14th, 2007 14:32 GMT


I might as well ask: Is there any proof that the "cocaine in Gino's stomach" story is true?
JohnEric - November 14th, 2007 14:46 GMT


I think it gets too depressing to dwell on the deaths, but to each their own. I just wish Gino would have been with us longer, as he was great talent, and I think he would have been a mainstay in either Crockett or the WWF for years on end if he wasn't taken so soon.
Spider Bot - November 14th, 2007 14:57 GMT
Edited by on November 14th, 2007 14:58 GMT

Personally, the tragic deaths within the industry began touching me in 1985 when Eddie Graham died.  It seems that it has been all downhill for the past 22 years.

It blows my mind that an incident (Gino's death) that happened 21 years ago, remains a topic for discussion among today's fans.

I will certainly never forget the moment I found out Gino was discovered dead.  Michael Hayes was at my Dallas apartment and my wife was fixing us dinner.  We received a phone call from Rick Hazzard giving us the sad news.  By the way, if my memory is not failing me, Rick Hazzard and David Manning were the ones who discovered Gino's body.

WCCW at that time was certainly the fast lane.  It was like turning off a country road in Mississippi onto the 405 in Los Angeles for me.  There were very few "angels" in that territory at that time, and I don't want to pick up any stones to toss, because my apartment was made of glass.  It was the nature of the beast.

There have been some plausible thoughts posted here concerning Gino.  I do remember that at his autopsy, more cocaine was found in his system than at any other autopsy done in Dallas up to that time.  From what I know, I really believe it was an accidental overdose.

Before closing, another moment in time that I will never forget was the last time I saw him.  We both pulled up to the Sportatorium at the very same time one payday morning to pick up our checks.  Gino, of course was in his shiney Corvette.  We had just heard on the radio that the space shuttle had exploded, and went inside and watched the coverage on TV with Bronco Lubich.

Take care my friends.
HawkandAnimal - November 14th, 2007 15:33 GMT
Edited by HawkandAnimal on November 14th, 2007 15:33 GMT

Thank You for your insite Percy.

It always is a honor to have such legends like yourself join us in our discussions.

 
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