On March 10, 1993, Bresciano was found shot dead.  He was 44 years old. He was hit by 17 bullets, 7 to the head and 10 to the torso, while watching hockey in his Vimont , Laval, Quebec home. His alleged role in illegal cigarette smuggling in Canada is popularly believed to have led to his officially unsolved murder.  Colleague Rick Martel has stated that because of Bresciano's notoriety from being a popular professional wrestler, he was able to attract many customers (particularly natives ), thus crossing the Mafia .  According to former opponent Bret Hart , Bresciano confided to friends shortly before his death that he knew his days were numbered.  He was a nephew by marriage of Montreal crime boss Vic Cotroni , and was believed by authorities to be involved in his organization for some time.  Bresciano's remains are in a mausoleum at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal, Quebec .