IN MEMORIAM: LUNA VACHON


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 Gertrude Elizabeth Vachon
Born: January 12, 1962 Atlanta, Georgia
Died: August 27, 2010 Pasco County, Florida

Gertrude Elizabeth “Luna” Vachon passes away at the age of 48.

A second-generation wrestler from the famed Vachon family, she began to train at the age of 16 with her aunt Vivian Vachon, and later The Fabulous Moolah, for whom she would wrestle early in her professional career. She was part of a four-woman traveling troupe led by Mad Maxine. She debuted for Florida Championship Wrestling as Trudy Herd in 1985, but would be involved in an angle where she was knocked unconscious, then eventually assimilated into Sullivan’s Army of Darkness as Luna Vachon. There, she got her trademark style, including a half-shaved Mohawk and facial paint.

From there, Luna would go on to become one of the most accomplished and recognizable women in professional wrestling history. She would wrestle in Puerto Rico, and in Japan under the management of her father Butcher Vachon.

She transitioned into managing in the early 1990s, seconding the Blackhearts. One half of the duo, David Heath, would be her future husband. After a stint in All-Japan Pro Wrestling and the Universal Wrestling Federation, she was discovered by the WWF in 1992, but would not debut until Wrestlemania IX in 1993.  Luna would develop an on-screen relationship with Bam Bam Bigelow and developed a rivalry with Sensational Sherri, then Doink. Luna would briefly feud with Madusa before leaving the company, but not before becoming the first woman to appear in a WWF game, WWF RAW in 1994.

She departed the company, and wrestled for both ECW and WCW, before she returned to the WWF in 1997 to manage Goldust,  in the middle of a feud with Marc Mero and Sable. She had several angles involving the WWF Womens championship that would ultimately be unsuccessful . She would briefly manage her husband (then known in the WWF, as Gangrel) before being released in early 2000. She would manage Gangrel on the independent circuit through 2007, a year after the couple divorced.

Luna was found dead in her home at the age of 48, having died via accidental overdose of oxycodone and benzodiazepine. She was cremated after her death and her ashes were scattered at the ranch formerly owned by her close friend André the Giant in Ellerbe, North Carolina.



 

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