COLUMBIA STATION, OH (WOIO) - The Lorain County Coroner says Sam Mazzola died of asphyxia. He says Mazzola choked to death on a sex toy.
Officials say the owner of an exotic animal sanctuary was bound to his bed with chains and padlocks, when he was found Sunday afternoon.
Mazzola is also known for wrestling bears.
The executor of Mazzola's estate tells 19 Action News all the animals will be donated to animal sanctuaries. He says all the animals are in good condition, and some have already been moved.
Last August, one of Mazzola's bears attacked and killed 24-year-old animal caretaker Brent Kandra on his animal sanctuary property.