Powerlifting/pro wrestling star Doug Furnas reported to have passed away

There are reports circulating that Doug Furnas, one of the regular stars of the 1990s All Japan glory period, passed away in his sleep last night. Furnas was 50.

The first report was listed by David Haskins, a Tennessee area pro wrestler who said he got the information from Mike Furnas, Doug's brother, who was also a pro wrestler.

Furnas was a college football star at the University of Tennessee who became one of the greatest powerlifters of all-time, breaking more than two dozen world records during his career.  He then switched to pro wrestling when Kevin Sullivan was booker of the Knoxville territory. 

He wrestled all over the world with stints in both WCW and WWF, but was best known for his tag team with Phil Lafon aka Dan Kroffatt, in All Japan, WWF and ECW.  In the All Japan days, the two were one of the best tag teams of all-time.

Furnas had been battling Parkinson's Disease for many years.

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