Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum was only 36-years-old. The Insane Championship Wrestling star was found dead at 11.30am on Wednesday in Ayr, Scotland, just hours after sharing a haunting tweet, and only months after attempting to save his teenage neighbour from a burning house. McCallum has been a professional wrestler for the last 10 years and had appeared on a wide range of TV shows including WWE and TNA.
On Wednesday morning he Tweeted a direct quote from Ricky Gervais’ hit Netflix comedy After Life. He wrote: “One day you will eat your last meal, you will smell your last flower, you will hug your friend for the last time. You might not know it’s the last time, that’s why you must do everything you love with passion.” It was only a few hours after posting this that he ended his life. Friends and family of the wrestling pro said that they were unaware of any issues he had and this comes as a complete shock.
As one of the most famous wrestlers in Britain, McCallum had no shortage of tributes and his family had plenty of support from thousands of fans. Some of the most heartwarming tributes came from those closest to him though. British WWE ace, Drew McIntyre, said “Sleep well my brother. I’ll see you down the line.”
Chris Jericho, another wrestling legend said: “I’m truly saddened. May God give you peace my friend.” It’s clear that McCallum had a special place in many peoples’ hearts and he will be sorely missed. Other tributes include a number of WWE stars such as Paige (aka Saraya-Jade Bevis), and Cedric Alexander. Currently, the police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Just a few months ago, back in January, the professional wrestler recalled how he “tried everything” to save 18-year-old Natalie Merry, his neighbour, from a fire. He heard her screams as the blaze ripped through her home relentlessly. As he arrived at the scene, the house was already filled with smoke and flames. He saw a man hanging out of the top window, Natalie’s boyfriend – Alistair Innes, 22, who McCallum caught as he leapt to safety from the first floor. He then tried to rescue Natalie by kicking in the front door, but was unsuccessful.
“I caught him as he came down and then I tried to break down the door. But the heat was too much. I could hear the poor girl screaming. I tried everything.” Having such a weight on your shoulders is difficult for anyone. Many people who have been too afraid to even try to help though so he really is a hero. Sadly, student nurse Natalie was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s always sad when some takes their own life, especially in such tragic circumstances. It just highlights the weakness of human emotion, no matter how physically strong you are. Everyone and everything on this planet feels grief in some way or another. The loss of such a young man yet again raises the issue on mental health awareness. While there are procedures and protocols in place, it’s not enough.