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On May 23, 1999, wrestler Owen Hart fell from the rafters of an arena in Kansas City, MO during WWF Over The Edge 1999 while doing a stunt where he was to be lowered into the ring by a harness. The harness subsequently broke, and he fell 24 meters, chest first onto the top rope, flinging him violently into the ring. The impact of the fall severely wounded him, and he later died at the hospital from blunt force trauma to the chest.

A YouTube user by the name of Chris Breseman said that he was in attendance and witnessed the fall, who said that Hart's "body folded like a fucking accordion"

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all did not occur on live Pay Per View; an interview with Hart as The Blue Blazer that was recorded in the backstage area earlier in the day was playing as the tragedy occurred.

However, since WWF cameras were rolling at the time of the accident, footage of Hart's fatal fall exists on tape; this was confirmed in a column written by former WWF announcer Kevin Kelly in May 2013.[1] According to Kelly, the tape sits in the WWE Archive in Stamford, CT, with instructions "never to destroy, view or duplicate". Footage from the 1999 match where Darren "Droz" Drozdov got paralyzed accidentally is apparently in the archive with the same instructions.

The remainder of the event was only available online in the form of bootleg VHS recordings made during the event until the launch of the WWE Network in February 2014[2], where the event is available on the service although edited to not include the aftermath of the fall and the announcement of Hart's death by Jim Ross.

2/29/16 UPDATE: Unfortunately, this video has been blocked by the WWE on copyright grounds.

La Caida de Owen Hart en el PPV Over The Edge 1999 - Español Latino (SOLO AUDIO)

La Caida de Owen Hart en el PPV Over The Edge 1999 - Español Latino (SOLO AUDIO)

0:24 (the fall) OH NO!! (repeatedly) 0:50 "Friends... this... something... Ohh My God!... 1:42 "Friends, we're here in this moment... we're live... the Blue Blazer had to descend from above with his open cape... and apparently something hasn't worked as it should... he's being attended by medical staff..." 2:05 "I'm just asking to God Jehovah, in the name of Jesus Christ that nothing tragic happens... because, although the show must go on, all these 18,000 people just have lived what you have not lived in your home! a tragic moment... Blue Blazer wanted to make an entrance like a superhero, Carlitos... and something happened... we are very concerned -we cannot show you on camera what's going on right now because is something very tragic, we understand what this does not accord with the show... we're trying to figure out what is going on here... We're very concerned, Carlos." 2:55 "There are medical staff in this moment applying all necessary assistance to Blue Blazer,. first aid resuscitation being applied to Blue Blazer right now..."

1/24/19 UPDATE: The Fall of Owen Hart in the PPV Over The Edge 1999 - Spanish Latin (ONLY AUDIO)

This is the only surviving recording audio from the day of the fall, over 20 years since the events and someone out here finally leaked the events. Note, its in Spanish, so i managed to get the translation on what the commentator was saying.

References

  1. 2013 column on Owen Hart, written by former WWF announcer Kevin Kelly on the 14th anniversary of Hart's death. Retrieved 23 May '13.
  2. http://www.wwe.com/inside/every-pay-per-view-on-wwe-network-26179147 Retrieved 4 February. '14
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