Independent Wrestler Markus Crane Passes Away

1 year ago by Sanchez Taylor

Independent Wrestler Markus Crane Passes Away

We are saddened to report that Mark Pobanz, known to wrestling fans as Markus Crane, has passed away at the age of 33.

Freelance Underground confirmed Pobanz’ passing on Twitter:

Crane was known for his work in a number of independent promotions, including Freelance Underground, GCW and NPU. He regularly competed in deathmatches, last wrestling one at GCW Planet Death in April.

GCW has since shared a statement on Pobanz’ passing on Twitter, writing:

With sadness, GCW mourns the loss of Markus Crane. As a performer, Markus embodied the spirit of GCW. He was an underdog and an outlaw. He was fearless in the ring and determined to succeed against the odds. 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. We were proud to have him represent GCW at Korauken Hall during our inaugural tour of Japan.

In 2019, Markus suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly took his life. We were all inspired (but not surprised) as he made a miraculous recovery and worked tirelessly to make his eventual return to the ring.

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

As a friend, Markus was caring and loyal. He was quick to smile, or bring a smile to your face. We were all lucky to know him.

Rest in Peace, Markus. We will miss you.

In December 2019, it was discovered that Pobanz had an infection within his skull, requiring emergency surgery. A GoFundMe created at the time raised over $23,000 to assist him.

From everyone here at WrestleTalk, we extend our deepest condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Mark Pobanz.

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