Online reports of Don “D.C.” Drake, a top Northeastern independent wrestler in the late 1980s and early 1990s, passing away are incorrect.
“I kind of thought it was funny, in a way,” Drake told SLAM! Wrestling Tuesday. “I was on my way home and my sister called, and I’d never thought to call my family about it. It was interesting.”
Drake issued this message for the wrestling community.
“Last night I was informed by my sister that my obituary appeared on several wrestling news sites. Her first question to me was, ‘Are you ok?’ and my question to her was, ‘If you thought I was dead, why would you call me?’
“I remember a profound piece of advice I received from several old timers in the wrestling business when I started in the sport, ‘Never believe your own publicity’ — and in this case, I am more than pleased to follow that advice.
“In reading some of the reports, I must say I was flattered and humbled by the nice things people were saying about my wrestling career and althou