Dino Bravo was never the biggest WWF star, though he certainly was one of the strongest. Unfortunately, it was his (likely steroid-aided) size that was ultimately his downfall.
After years of employment throughout the ’80s, Dino found himself on the outs with the WWF by 1992. According to fellow wrestler and friend Rick Martel, he simply didn’t fit into Vince McMahon’s plans anymore, so he was released. Bravo, with no savings and no knowledge of anything other than wrestling, got into organized crime through his uncle and joined a cigarette smuggling ring based in Quebec. Less than a year later, on March 10, 1993, he was dead, 17 gunshots riddled all over his body. Martel believes a cocaine smuggler blamed him for cops showing up during a would-be deal between the two markets, and Bravo suffered the consequences of running afoul with the mob.
Bravo may not have been Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin in terms of wrestling fame, but he certainly deserved a better fate than what he got.