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10 June, 2017
After Addiction and Tragedy, The Iron Sheik Gets Back Up off the Mat | Bleacher Report
So the entire clan surrounded the former bodyguard for the Shah of Iran, boxing him in near the wall, and refused to allow him to carry out his plan.
“You can’t kill him ‘cause they’ll put you in prison,” Tanya whispered. “I lost my sister and I don’t want to lose my father.”
Apparently touched by the words, The Sheik maintained his composure. And, as a tribute to Marissa, he made a pledge that he hoped would strengthen the family. He was going to quit drugs, particularly crack, a vice that gripped him as his professional wrestling career—and his funds—waned.
“The drug thing was so embarrassing,” says Tanya, “especially to someone who was an extreme athlete most of his life.”