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WWE’s Canadian Wrestler Has Passed Away This Afternoon, he died at age 71.

Canadian Wrestler, Alexis Smirnoff, has passed away at the age of 71 due to complications from diabetes. He recently entered hospice due to kidney issues, according to PWInsider.

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The Canadian wrestling historian and writer Pat LaPrade sent word that Michel Lamarche, who was known as anti-American villain Alexis Smirnoff in the United States and as Michel “The Judge” Dubois in Canada (specifically Montreal) passed away this afternoon at the age of 71.

Lamarche had been dealing with complications from diabetes in recent years, including a leg amputation and had recently entered hospice due to kidney problems.

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Known as the anti-American heel, Smirnoff debuted in 1970, working for a number of different territories in San Francisco, Georgia, and Florida. He also worked often for the WWE when they came to the west coast, along with the AWA. Internationally, he made appearances for All Japan Pro Wrestling and IWE.

He would hold tag team gold alongside Ivan Koloff and held numerous other singles titles throughout his career. Smirnoff retired in 1988 and opened a wrestling school soon after.

Our condolences to the family and friend of Alexis Smirnoff, below are some videos from his career.