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Doink the Clown

Pro Wrestler Dies at 55

6/28/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_bar3:15 PM PT  TMZ has learned police in Plano, Texas ... where Doink's body was found ... have launched a homicide investigation.

However, sources tell us, the investigation is really just a matter of following S.O.P. -- and that all early indications are his death was accidental.

No weapons were found on the scene. An autopsy is pending.
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Ex-WWE star Doink the Clown -- a hugely popular wrestler in the '90s -- was found dead today in Texas.

Doink, real name Matt Osborne, was known for pulling pranks on the other wrestlers ... all while decked out in full greasepaint and a green wig.

Details about Doink's death are unclear at this point -- but his girlfriend reportedly found him dead in her home ... where he'd been staying lately.

After leaving the WWE, he continued wrestling for ECW and independent leagues ... still sporting the clown costume.

More recently, he's been attending wrestling conventions and doing autograph sessions with fans.

Doink was 55.

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16.

SinCara    

Way to go TMZ. Post a story with a picture of the wrong freaking Doink. That's Ray Apollo.

381 days ago
17.

buzz kill    

Looks like his cousin Penny Wise got him.

381 days ago
18.

me    

A little song...
A little dance...
A little seltzer...
down your pants...Thanks for entertaining my Son when He was growing up. RIP

381 days ago
19.

maniacme    

Its a sad day for the wrestling community. R.I.P. Doink..you will be missed!

381 days ago
20.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Betcha 'roids didn't have anything to do with that.

381 days ago
21.

Donka Do Ball    

Bring back Ralphus.

381 days ago
22.

mr.howell     

Too bad..he's gone to 'clown heaven' to make all the 'dead clowns' laugh!..lol!..he can now share a cotton candy with BOZO!..lol!..RIP's of cotton candy!..lol!..be a dead clown!..be a dead clown..all the world loves a dead clown!..sniff!..sniff..lol!..

381 days ago
23.

GreyWolf    

R.I.P. Doink. ;(

381 days ago
24.

Bobby Starr     

That Photo is Ray Appolo (Who also was a Doink) not Matt Mourne.... RIP MATT

381 days ago
25.

Janet Becraft    

RIP Matt Osborne (Doink The Clown) you will be sadly missed.
You will always be Doink The Clown by The WWE Universe/Fans
Matt Wade Osborne (as) Doink The Clown (July 27th 1957-June 28th 2013)

381 days ago
26.

Eddie    

Not surprising at all. This guy was a heavy cocaine user for thirty plus years.

381 days ago
27.

roll3567    

Congrats doink on pulling your greatest illusion ever! RIP

381 days ago
28.

sugarkisses    

So sad...

381 days ago
29.

Malibu Eric    

I went to high school at MHS with Matt and his dad Tony was a local legend in Milwaukie, Oregon. He would always sign autographs and Matt was always a beast...but a nice guy in school. RIP Matt.

381 days ago
30.

Metta Worldhate    

I enjoyed him.

381 days ago
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