Sean O'Haire
O'Haire was found dead at his home in South Carolina. WWE

Former WWE superstar Sean O'Haire has died in an apparent suicide.

According to TMZ, the 43-year-old wrestler was discovered unresponsive in his bedroom at his South Carolina home by his father.

Although an official cause of death is yet to be released, no foul play is suspected. Toxicology tests will be carried out to determine the circumstances of his apparent suicide.

Haire is survived by his father, a sister, and three brothers.

The 6ft 6in sportsman, whose real name was just Sean Haire, burst onto the pro-wrestling scene in 2000 when he made his WCW debut alongside partner Chuck Palumbo. They helped form the group Natural Born Thrillers.

He later moved to the WWE when Rowdy Roddy Piper took him under his wing as a protégé.

After leaving the WWE in 2004, O'Haire took up kickboxing and MMA before retiring from sports completely and embarking on a new career as a hair stylist. Before his death he worked at Wisteria Aveda Salon and Day Spa in Greenville, South Carolina.

Haire joins a shocking number of professional wrestlers who have passed away prematurely in recent years.

In April, James 'The Ultimate Warrior' Hellwig died just hours after telling fans: "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat". 
The 54-year-old, collapsed in front of his wife Dana after returning to his hotel in Arizona.

In 2013, Matt Osborne (the longest-serving wrestler to portray Doink the Clown) died of an overdose of morphine and hydrocodone.