There are no words that can express the profound sorrow felt today by so many of us who knew and loved this very special human being. Fans throughout the world shared a small portion of Owen's life through his various ring personas. But to know Owen Hart the human being was pure joy. Owen loved this business and lived to entertain both in, and out of the ring. He was a consummate performer and a legendary prankster. In the extended family of professional wrestlers respect does not come easily and is not taken lightly. Owen Hart had that respect. He was more than just one of the boys...he was a friend and a brother to all. Our locker room and our lives will never be the same.
A loving son, brother, uncle, husband and father, Owen is survived by his wife Martha, his son Oje and his daughter Athena. Our prayers go out to them and the entire Hart family. With heavy hearts and the deepest of sympathies for his family we say good-bye. If the legacy of a man's life is measured by the lives he touched and how much he is loved....then a big piece of Owen Hart will live on - in all of us.
Martha wishes to thank all family, friends, neighbors, and fans world wide for their ongoing support and comfort in this time of great sorrow.
A private family service will be held at McInnis & Holloway's "Park Memorial Chapel" on Monday, May 31, 1999 at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome to gather around the Funeral Home to pay tribute to Owen, but services inside the Chapel are private.
STAMFORD, CT, MAY 24, 1999 –The World Wrestling Federation has announced the cancellation of the encore and replay Pay-Per-View program that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 27. The following live events have also been cancelled: Peoria, Illinois; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Hamilton, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Ottawa, Ontario.
Owen Hart's illustrious career spanned thirteen years with the World Wrestling Federation, beginning in 1986. Throughout his career, Owen held various titles including four Tag Team Championships. Owen was also crowned King of the Ring in 1994, and was a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a one-time European Champion. The youngest of 12 children, Owen was raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada by his parents Stu and Helen Hart. Stu Hart, a former wrestler and wrestling promoter for Stampede Wrestling, trained his two sons, Owen Hart and Bret "The Hitman" Hart.