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Autopsy: Wrestler Mike Graham drunk before suicide

TAMPA - Former professional wrestler Mike Graham was intoxicated when he used a .22-caliber revolver to fatally shoot himself in the left forehead, according to autopsy and toxicology reports. The autopsy by the Volusia County medical examiner office confirmed reports by the Daytona Beach Police Department that Graham committed suicide Oct. 18 at age 61. Graham, whose real name was Edward Michael Gossett, grew up in Tampa and lived in Indian Rocks Beach. According to the toxicology report, Graham's blood-alcohol concentration was at 0.259, more than three times the level at which a driver in Florida is considered impaired (0.08).
The autopsy was performed the day after his death, and the toxicology report was submitted to the Volusia medical examiner Nov. 5. Graham had been in Daytona Beach for the 20th annual Biketoberfest. Police were called to a house on North Halifax Avenue in Daytona Beach at 8:47 p.m. Oct. 18 "in reference to a suicide." According to the police report, Graham was found "lying face up on the bed with a gunshot wound to the forehead." He was pronounced dead seven minutes later. The incident report quoted Graham's wife, Diane Marie Hamilton, as saying that Graham "had threatened to commit suicide frequently ever since (his) son committed suicide two years prior during Biketoberfest." Graham's son, Steven Edward Gossett, died in Daytona Beach on Dec. 15, 2010. He was 37. Graham's roots ran deep in the Tampa Bay area. He grew up in South Tampa and graduated from Robinson High School before becoming a star on "Championship Wrestling From Florida in the 1970s and 1980s. His father, Eddie Graham, was a wrestler and longtime promoter of National Wrestling Alliance cards in Florida. The elder Graham also took his life, dying Jan. 21, 1985, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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