The German-based wXw has released the news that performer Karsten Pitann, who wrestled as Karsten Beck, has died after battling brain cancer.
Pitann began his career in 2006 wrestling under the moniker “Diego Latino” prior to changing his ring name.
Karsten Pitann aka Karsten Beck has passed away this morning after battling brain cancer for years. We say farewell to a Hall of Famer wrestler, a Unified World Wrestling champion, a World Triangle League winner, our director of sports, our colleague, our companion, our friend. pic.twitter.com/c0F2FjN2de
— wXw Germany (@wXwGermany) October 15, 2020
He first worked for wXw several months into his career as part of the European King of the Death Matches tournament losing to Mickie Knuckles and Bad Bones in Colchester, Essex.
With tag partner Adam Polak, the duo won the wXw tag titles in March 2011.
His biggest title runs were with the wXw Unified World Championship that he won twice. The first occurred in January 2015 defeating WALTER. He lost the title in August to John Klinger but regained it the following night during a series of Fan Appreciation shows in Hamburg and Oberhausen, Germany. Beck lost the belt the final time to Jurn Simmons in March 2016.
Pitann announced his retirement in 2016 and had to undergo an operation for his brain tumor that year. He later returned as an on-screen authority figure for the company.
He was 33 years old.