John Martinez, Alligator Wrestler on Gator Boys, Dies at Age 30

Sep 11, 2013 Full story: Broward-Palm Beach 102

Alligator wrestler John Carlos Martinez, a lifelong animal lover and a character on the reality show Gator Boys , died on September 3, New Times has learned.

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Juliet

Rock Springs, WY

#21 Sep 29, 2013
We are all saddened by his death. May God be with his family and friends.
Krissy

Winchester, CA

#22 Sep 29, 2013
Everything I read says that John died on September 3rd. Weird that there is a post by Everglades Holiday Park on Facebook that reads "Rest in peace, John. You will be greatly missed." which was posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:59am. Check it out for yourself, https://www.facebook.com/EvergladesHolidayPar...

I'm just sayin'....... weird
Jon YT

Mount Holly, NJ

#23 Sep 30, 2013
Rest in Peace
Gator Girl

Hartford City, IN

#24 Sep 30, 2013
It doesn't matter how J-Mart died...only that he is gone. Morbid curiosity will not bring him back and may only cause further pain to his family and friends. We will miss you, J-Mart. Rest in peace, brother.
Alberto Cutuli

San Miguel, Argentina

#25 Sep 30, 2013
Which is the discussion here?
Jennifer

Pensacola, FL

#26 Sep 30, 2013
Krissy wrote:
Everything I read says that John died on September 3rd. Weird that there is a post by Everglades Holiday Park on Facebook that reads "Rest in peace, John. You will be greatly missed." which was posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:59am. Check it out for yourself, https://www.facebook.com/EvergladesHolidayPar...
I'm just sayin'....... weird
I think what happened is someone went back to the photo that was posted July 31 and wrote the quote after he died Sep. 3. I looked at all the comments and the only condolences under the photo were on or after Sep. 3. The comments written July 31 and throughout August were speaking as if he were still alive. It's so sad and I am praying for his family.
noel ellema

Murrells Inlet, SC

#27 Sep 30, 2013
RIP u will be miss.thanks for making people laugh.
Vickie

Wayland, MI

#28 Sep 30, 2013
J Mart rest in peace. Thank you for serving in the USA Marines and entering us on the Gator Boyes. Your lead back ways and big heart will be missed. God be with the family, friends and fans in this time of lose.
scott m new Jersey

New York, NY

#29 Sep 30, 2013
God bless jmart RIP
Torin

Toledo, OH

#30 Sep 30, 2013
Jamie Laughman wrote:
<quoted text> I agree!!! It's bull crap
. Since when does viewing a show repeatedly or being the "biggest fan" give us rights to know everything? Idiots...
Leslie J

United States

#31 Oct 1, 2013
I'm 60..And I've never missed a"Gator Boys"show yet.I too,have seen "J Mart" and Grew to have a warm affection for such a"Different" Kind of Soul.I believe that when someone inquires about his passing.It's not about or because it's " None, of our Business..We should have more respect for the Family" Or "Wanting to Hear Some Gruesome,Kill Story"......I truly believe that the shock of Loseing a young vibrant man.. Is a true loss,One the viewers liked, and some loved...Most people, only hope that he passed Quickly and did not die a slow death or painful one.As would happen at the Jaws of a Gator.We all hope he passed free of pain and did not suffer.My Respect is for Him and his family.To all of whom I give my Deepest Respects.
Seldom Seen

Chicago, IL

#32 Oct 1, 2013
We have to realize that these shows are taped months before they actually air. The last episode of the Gator Boys they dedicated the show to him at the end, but didn't mention it on the show because it had not happened yet. I'm sure once next season starts they will mention it on the show and will probably explain how he died.
Karoline

United States

#33 Oct 1, 2013
Leslie J wrote:
I'm 60..And I've never missed a"Gator Boys"show yet.I too,have seen "J Mart" and Grew to have a warm affection for such a"Different" Kind of Soul.I believe that when someone inquires about his passing.It's not about or because it's " None, of our Business..We should have more respect for the Family" Or "Wanting to Hear Some Gruesome,Kill Story"......I truly believe that the shock of Loseing a young vibrant man.. Is a true loss,One the viewers liked, and some loved...Most people, only hope that he passed Quickly and did not die a slow death or painful one.As would happen at the Jaws of a Gator.We all hope he passed free of pain and did not suffer.My Respect is for Him and his family.To all of whom I give my Deepest Respects.
A very wise and noteable outlook, Leslie, of which I agree. It seems if we just knew what happened then it would somehow ease our mind, it's how our curious and caring minds work. Being 30 yrs old I've only experienced a handful of deaths but in those handfuls I've experienced I realize the people who were taken far too soon are the cases of which I want to know every last detail as if it would make it easier. As you said, its because I'm selfish or have no respect for family it's just death is something that is hard to comprehend, especially when you know Johns had a kind and probably fragile spirit, yet he could wrestle an alligator lol
Thanks for sharing your wisdom, it shed some light in my life.
Lica

Long Beach, CA

#34 Oct 2, 2013
God bless J-Marts family. They must be in such pain! Rest in peace John you will be missed!!!
Christine

Newport News, VA

#35 Oct 2, 2013
J-Mart R.I.P. You were taken too soon. You will be missed. God Bless.
Cordell

Kalamazoo, MI

#36 Oct 2, 2013
It just shows nobody's invincible. All the hard work and dangerous things they do on a daily basis. All of the alligator wrestling they do daily for the publics enjoyment and to raise money to save those gorgeous creatures! May god give you an afterlife made of cheetoh heaven!
June

Westport, CT

#37 Oct 2, 2013
since its such a secret it could only be 3 things suicide or drug overdose and finally car crash dui.
Mike

Exeter, NH

#39 Oct 3, 2013
Why is it so important to know how he died? It's called "privacy" please respect that, RIP J-MART
Melissa

Bude, MS

#40 Oct 3, 2013
R.I.P J-Mart
Corinne

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Oct 5, 2013
His memoir was after the episode with the crocodile, wonder if that beast got him... either way it sucks he was a funny guy, always giving those gators cheetos!!!

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