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WWE Tough Enough 3 Winner Matt Cappotelli Shares Bad News.

Tough Enough Seaqson 3 contestant Matt Cappotelli, has been given 5 years to live... Md Imran, via Flickr


Matt Cappotelli

Matt Cappotelli was co-winner of WWE Tough Enough III with John Hennigan in 2003. Originally diagnosed with a malignant tumor back in 2005, it forced him to end his wrestling career.

Cancer prevented him from working with WWE, but the company honored his contract until it expired in 2009.

WWE’ official website later reported that the surgery was a success, with the majority of the brain tumor removed.

After 10 Years, Bad News resurfaces about His Brain Tumor,

Cappotelli is going to have emergency brain surgery today after doctors found a ‘very large tumor’. And this time, 10% of the Grade 4 tumor couldn’t be operated since it’s too close to his brain stem … giving Cappotelli 5 more years to live, at best — doctors told WDRB in Louisville.

According to TMZ, he said in a statement Wednesday on his wife Lindsay’s Facebook page:

 ‘Waiting to be taken for my MRI and get prepared for my second brain surgery tomorrow,

‘Just found out the tumor that I had removed 10 years ago has come back much more aggressively and needs to be dealt with.’

‘It’s a very large tumor and there is a portion that is inoperable.’

‘The portion that they’re hoping to remove will be sent for pathology, which will determine what exactly we are dealing with, and provide insight on future treatment plans, and the next steps for the inoperable portion in my brain stem #John9:1-3.’

“The first time was a shock, but this time, it kind of takes the wind out of my sails.”

“Though it seems unfortunate, I want it to be portrayed as a story of hope — unending hope,” Cappotelli said.

Efforts like the OVW benefit, raising more than $30,000 for his medical expenses, but bills still mounting.

Matt Cappotelli is a fighter…

Cappotelli’s battle so far has left him with side effects of Parkinson’s – with slowed speech, emotional response, motor skills, and function – but not the actual disease.

But the wrestling spirit still lives strong inside him as he refuses to submit.

After his retirement from the ring, he became a personal trainer; with neighbors often seeing him working out in the garage of his Louisville home, as he tries to regain what he has lost by keeping fit.

On behalf of everyone in the TSJ Family, best wishes to Capotelli and his friends and family. We believe you will win this fight again!

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