Former WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero passed away on November 13th 2005, at the age of 38 due to acute heart failure.
During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Chavo Guerrero revealed that Eddie wanted to retire from Professional Wrestling 6 months before he died, as he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Below is what Chavo said:
“Eddie had a great mind for the business. He just didn’t want to be on the road anymore. He loved his family a lot. He really, really did, and he wanted to be home with his family.
I remember before he passed, like 6 months before, I remember him coming to me and saying, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I don’t want to wrestle anymore.’ I said, ‘Dude, drop out and do something else.’
He got really mad and said, ‘What am I going to do? What else am I going to do? This is what we do. We wrestle.’ I said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Your family life is more important. What good is it if you are away from your family all of the time?’
That’s why I left WWE. My kids at the time were 8 and 11 maybe, and I just didn’t want them growing up without a dad. I had already been on the road for 20 years.
I didn’t want to be that casualty and divorced from wrestling and the whole thing. Everything you work hard for and you lose it. I didn’t want to get divorced. I didn’t want my kids to grow up without a dad. That’s kind of why I left.
It’s funny because they don’t really remember me being gone all the time.”
Eddie Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.