GCW Star Markus Crane Passes Away Aged 32

GCW Star Markus Crane Passes Away Aged 32
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News broke earlier today that Mark Pobanz, known professionally as Markus Crane, has sadly passed away at the age of just 32 years old.

Known on the independent circuit for his role as a deathmatch wrestler for companies such as Freelance Underground, AAW and most notably GCW, no official cause of death has yet been given.

Crane was forced to take an extended sabbatical in December of 2019 when a trip to the emergency room for treatment on a pre-existing injury led to doctors finding a significant infection in his skull which was leaking into his brain. As a result of this, Crane had an emergency craniotomy to remove a portion of his skull and allow doctors to treat the underlying infection. At this time, a GoFundMe campaign raised $22,350 to help aid his recovery.

after taking the time to rest and recuperate, Crane was able to return to the ring earlier this year at GCW Planet Death, where he faced Kit Osbourne.

GCW released the following statement regarding Crane's passing;

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


All of us at Real Rasslin would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Markus at this time.