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Former WWE Star Matt Cappotelli Dies Of A Brain Tumor

Jun. 30 2018, Updated 9:47 p.m. ET

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Former WWE star Matt Cappotelli has died at age 38 after fighting a cancerous brain tumor.

Matt's wife, Lindsay Cappotelli, made the announcement on Facebook on Friday, noting her husband died exactly one year after his brain surgery.

Cappotelli was diagnosed with the brain tumor on June 27, 2017.

Lindsey wrote on Facebook, "Hey Team Capp…I've been struggling with what to say and how to say this, and I'll probably end up rambling, but here goes.

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"Today my love-my strong, sweet, beautiful love-took his last breath at 3:30 a.m. and went Home to be with Jesus…exactly one year after his brain surgery," she continued. "You think you can be prepared for this when you know it's coming, but you just can't. The only person whose comfort I want right now is the one who can't give it to me.

"I miss him so much. I know where he is now is so much better, but it doesn't change how much I miss him," the grieving wife added.

Matt appeared on the third season of WWE's Tough Enough reality show.

The pro wrestler was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2006. Back then, Matt survived, but the cancer returned in 2017 and wound up killing him.

Matt had been screened for cancer every year, according to his wife.

After having an MRI in February 2017, in June of that year he began to suffer from headaches and "seizure activity," Lindsey wrote.

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Doctors said the cancer had returned.

Matt underwent brain surgery on June 29, 2017, and while his surgeon was able to remove 90 percent of the tumor, he was diagnosed with grade 4 Glioblastoma.

"I remember standing in the kitchen, in his arms, me crying and him crying, and me saying that I couldn't lose him, I couldn't live without him," Lindsey recalled.

Matt "never really walked again" after getting the flu in December and being hospitalized.

Matt said in 2017 about his cancer battle, "Life is the most precious gift we're given. If I can inspire others to not give up on the life they've been blessed to have, that's what I'm trying to spread – hope."

He's not the first WWE star to die young as Joanie Laurer (better known as Chyna), passed away at age 46 in 2016.

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