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 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Furnas still holds the men’s collegiate national records in the squat (881.75 lb) and deadlift (766 lb) which he set on March 26, 1983 while attending the University of Tennessee.
Furnas briefly worked for World Championship Wrestling in 1990. In All Japan Pro Wrestling, Furnas teamed with Dan Kroffat beginning in 1989. Together they formed The Can-Am Express. Furnas and Kroffat would hold the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship five times between June 1989 and September 1993 when they vacated the title so they could focus on the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship.
The duo joined Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1996 where they had a series of matches against Sabu and Rob Van Dam. A few months later, both men made their World Wrestling Federation debuts on November 17, 1996 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. They returned to ECW in late 1997, and won the ECW World Tag Team Title on December 4th from the F.B.I. in Waltham, Massachusetts.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Furnas family through this difficult time.