Sunday Herald – December 16, 1956
LOS ANGELES – Hugh Nichols, 58, former wrestling promoter at Hollywood Legion Stadium, today shot and killed himself at his Hollywood home, police said.
Nichols, once light heavyweight wrestling titlist, apparently fired a 12-gauge shotgun into his face by pulling the trigger with his toe. The body was found on a couch in the den by his wife. Betty, 48, who said he was not in failing health.
The den walls were lined with pictures of sports celebrities. There were many trophies included among other mementos.
The only possible reason for suicide, according to statements made to police by his wife and friends, would involve business.