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Maurice Catarcio; ex-pro wrestler did strength feats

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Maurice Catarcio, a former professional wrestler and weightlifter who gained national fame after he was diagnosed with cancer in his later years, has died. He was 76.

Mr. Catarcio died of cancer at his home in Del Haven on Thursday.

Mr. Catarcio began putting on public displays of strength after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991.

At 65, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound man swam the backstroke while tugging an 80-foot sightseeing boat across a lake.

At 72, he dragged a 27,000-pound bus down a New York City street on ''The Late Show with David Letterman."

Mr. Catarcio's feats landed him in ''The Guinness Book of Records."

Mr. Catarcio competed in the World Wrestling Federation from 1957 to 1960.

He was known then as ''The Matador," complete with a bullfighting cape.

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