Owen Hart -- (born May 7, 1965, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) was a famous pro wrestler, best remembered for his tragic death in the World Wrestling Federation on May 23, 1999, during the Over The Edge event.
Born into the famous Hart Family, Owen was the youngest child of Stu & Helen Hart. Eventually, he followed his older brother Bret into the WWF in 1988, where he competed as the masked Blue Blazer. After a short series of wins, Blazer was relegated to jobber status and he quit the WWF, telling Vince McMahon, "I didn't come here to lose." Unfortunately, the WWF paid better than most jobs in Canada and when Bret started his singles push, McMahon brought Owen back into the WWF to team with Jim Neidhart as the New Foundation. After Neidhart was released, Owen partnered with Koko B. Ware in High Energy for the next 15 months before he was a lower-level singles competitor, often losing to guys feuding with Bret, such as Shawn Michaels or Razor Ramon.
In November 1993, Owen Hart teamed with Bret, Keith, and Bruce at Survivor Series, where his brothers successfully survived, but Owen was eliminated after a miscue with Bret. Owen blamed Bret for his elimination, and friction started. Bret appeased Owen by devoting his career to the tag division with him as the Hart Brothers, but they lost their first match for the WWF Tag Team titles and Owen blamed Bret again. One thing led to another, and the two met at WrestleMania X where Owen upset his brother. Bret won the WWF World title later that night, and Owen won the KOR tournament to become #1-contender. They squared off in a steel cage match at SummerSlam '94, but Bret retained. Owen got his revenge by coaxing his mother to throw in a towel for Bret at Survivor Series, effectively costing him the WWF Championship.
Owen Hart continued in the WWF, constantly being a thorn in the side of Bret, eventually partnering with Yokozuna and Davey Boy Smith with James E. Cornette. While feuding with British Bulldog over the newly created European Championship, even though they were tag team champions together, Bret got in between them and extinguished their issues to re-align The Hart Foundation. The Harts garnered a lot of success through their union, but that ended abruptly after the Montreal Screwjob. Bret, Bulldog, & Anvil left for WCW but the WWF kept Owen since they felt he had a future.
Owen Hart feuded with Triple H at WrestleMania XIV in 1998, but he was quickly outnumbered because Hunter headed up Degeneration X. Therefore, Owen joined The Nation of Domination as "The Black Hart" alongside The Rock for a few months, before aligning with Jeff Jarrett after the Nation dissipated. According to storylines, Debra was supposed to come in between the teammates but Owen refused because he was happily married and his children were at an age where they don't fully grasp the difference between television and reality. In leiu of the "Owen in love" storyline, they proposed bringing back "The Blue Blazer" gimmick, where everyone knew it was Owen yet he would vehemently deny the allegations (and video evidence). As a part of the comedy aspect, the WWF wanted Owen to repel from the top of an arena (ala Sting), then trip after getting out of the harness. Unfortunately, this stunt went horribly wrong and his release was triggered prematurely, causing him to fall more than 75 feet in front of a live audience. He was rushed to the nearest hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The official cause of death was internal bleeding from a severed aorta.
Owen's career is chronicled in his widow's biography Broken Harts in 2004 and WWE released a DVD compilation entitled Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology (which heavily featured Owen) in 2009. Owen Hart has not been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, partly because it seems that Martha Hart would take offense to the invitation.