First Openly Gay WWE Wrestler Found Dead in Queens

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    Professional wrestler Chris Kanyon talks about coming out as a homosexual as part of National Coming Out Day, in which groups across the country garner support for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, while speaking to students Northern Kentucky University Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in Highland Heights, Ky.

    Police say a man who identified himself as one of the first openly gay professional wrestlers was found dead of an apparent suicide in his New York City apartment.

    Police say Chris Klucsaritis was found by his brother lying face up in the living room of his Queens apartment on Friday. A suicide note was recovered.

    The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner's office is investigating to determine the exact cause of death.

    Klucsaritis wrestled under the name Chris Kanyon.

    He started his career in the late 1990s and was part of the championship tag team "Men at Work." He later joined World Wrestling Entertainment.

    He retired in 2004. But Klucsaritis still wrestled on occasion, billing himself as an openly gay wrestler.