July 1, 2001
Veteran wrestler “Gentleman” Chris Adams turned himself in to authorities last week on manslaughter charges in connection with the April 2000 death of a Dallas woman.
Linda Kaphengst, 30, died from an overdose of alcohol and Gamma-Hydroxy- Butyrate (GHB) April 22, according to a medical examiner. She had been at a North Dallas apartment early that morning with Adams, who also overdosed, police said. Adams, 45, was released on a $25,000 bond and faces a second-degree felony charge of causing the death of an individual, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Adams was a major star for the Dallas-based World Class Wrestling promotion during the early ’80s, teaming with the late Gino Hernandez as “The Dynamic Duo” and feuding with the Von Erichs. Adams defeated the late Rick Rude for the World Class heavyweight title, and went on to work for Bill Watts’ UWF, Global and most recently WCW, along with a number of smaller independent promotions in Texas. Adams ran his own wrestling school out of Dallas, with his most famous student being “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, who married Adams’ former wife, Jeannie.