Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

Independent wrestler, deathmatch specialist, and Game Changer Wrestling star Markus Crane has passed away at the age of 33.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

Word of Crane’s passing was revealed on social media earlier today.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

Shortly after the announcement of Markus Crane’s death, Game Changer Wrestling released an official statement on Twitter, echoing what many wrestlers had already said regarding him.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

“With sadness, GCW mourns the loss of Markus Crane,” the statement read. “As a performer, Markus embodied the spirit of GCW. He was an underdog and an outlaw.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

He played a major role in GCW’s early success and was part of the heart and soul of our roster from day one. Markus was passionate about GCW and Deathmatch Wrestling.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

Crane was one of the earliest members of the GCW roster after the promotion, originally Jersey Championship Wrestling, was rebranded in 2015.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

His most famous GCW matches were competing in the finals of the 2018 Nick Gage Invitational, where he wrestled Gage and Japanese deathmatch legends Isami Kodaka and Masashi Takeda, and a match at the 2017 Nick Gage Invitational one year earlier, where he wrestled Daisuke Masaoka.

Markus Crane - One of the Earliest Members of the GCW roster

Most recently, Markus returned home to his family with a committment to focusing his energy towards a healthier lifestyle. He had celebrated a series of milestones in his sobriety in which he was proud to show off and left us all excited for his future.