Public Enemy’s “Johnny Grunge” Passes Away

Daniel Edler

— Dave Meltzer ( is reporting that Mike “Johnny Grunge” Durham of the popular Public Enemy tag team was pronounced dead on arrival earlier this morning at an Atlanta area hospital.

— The only details available at this time are that he was at a friend’s house in Peachtree City, GA and was reportedly gasping for air and then rushed to the hospital. The early word based on the preliminary diagnosis from the Atlanta hospital was that his passing was said to have had to do with complications from sleep apnea.

Grunge was one half of the Public Enemy tag team with Rocco Rock, aka Teddy Petty, who passed away in September of 2002 following a massive heart attack. Grunge was said to have never been the same since his passing. Public Enemy were first created in ECW and became subject to a bidding war between both WCW and WWF. The tag team was never successful in either WCW or WWF after they had left ECW.

Grunge is believed to have been 39 years old. We would like to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Mike Durham during his hard time.

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