May, 23 1999
WWF Super Star
On may 23, at the pay-per-view wrestling event in
Kansas City, Mo. Owen Hart died. Owen came into the arena
to make his appearance from the top rafters of the building.
When he was about to be lowered from the rafters he fell
because his safety hook was not connected and instead of
being lowered he fell fifty feet into the ring where he was
given CPR then taken to the nearby hospital where he later
died. The nation in a whole was in shock as many people saw
their role model die.
When Owen first came into the WWF like most WWF supers stars
he had family there. He was only thirty-four when he died.
The WWF only took up fifteen minutes for his death and the
public later mourned his death. His wife couldn't even sleep
the night of his death. She asked the question why the show
went on even after her husbands death. The CEO of the
wrestling federation claimed that Owen would have wanted the
show to go on.
Jacob, Baker was seventeen when this event occurred.
He went to the event that night with his mom and best
friend. As he was watching the event he said "when I saw
Owen fall I thought it was a stunt at first, but when I saw
the blood run down Owen's face I knew that something was
wrong. He said " the first person to see if Owen was okay
was Jerry "king" Lauder." Then the ambulance came out. He
said "I was shocked when I saw it." He says that "to this
day I am still in shock." He said that " the event of
someone dying right in front of your eyes makes you think
that you aren't immortal and can die any time."
This event made Jacob emotionally stronger as a person.
He was made to realize that anyone can go any time. He said
that " one main way to cope with death is to accept the fact
and try to move on with your life.
I thought the interview went easy because he did not
show too badly how much it hurt him. The best talking
occurred after I recorded what he told me about the report.
This was because he could go recalling what happened at his
own pace and in what order he wanted to. I did not know
that Owen had fell fifty feet from the rafters to his death.
I also did not know that Jacob was such a strong person
emotionally. I came out of this experience being
strengthened emotionally because of what he had went