PW Insider reported the following sad news:

We are still working on the story, but have confirmed that “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell, who had a long career working different territories, passed away earlier today.

The story that is making the rounds is that Landell was in a car accident over the weekend and returned home, only to be found unresponsive today. PWInsider.com is working to confirm additional details.

Landell had a long run in the business working a number of different promotions and territories, primarily in the Southern region. He had runs in Mid-Atlantic, WCW, Smoky Mountain Wrestling and a number of other areas. He had been hired by WWF in late 1995 based on the strength of his work in SMW but just days after starting, suffered a freak knee injury when he slipped on ice outside a hotel in Pennsylvania and tore up his knee.

Landell would have turned 54 this August.

We at PW Pop want to give our deepest condolences to fans, friends and family on his passing.

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