|Iron Mike DiBiase|
|Birth name||Michael DiBiase|
|Born||December 24, 1923|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||July 2, 1969 (aged 45)|
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
|Children||Ted DiBiase (adopted son)|
|Family||Ted DiBiase Jr. (adopted grandson)|
Mike DiBiase (adopted grandson)
Brett DiBiase (adopted grandson)
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mike DiBiase|
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Billed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
Michael DiBiase (December 24, 1923 – July 2, 1969) was an American professional wrestler, also known by his ring name "Iron" Mike DiBiase. The adoptive father of professional wrestler "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, he was married to Ted's mother Helen Hild (also a professional wrestler), and was the grandfather of Mike, Ted Jr., and Brett DiBiase.
As an amateur wrestler, DiBiase, representing the US Navy, was the 1946 AAU champion in the UNL (open or heavyweight) division. He then wrestled at the University of Nebraska, and competed at UNL in the NCAA tournament in 1947 and 1948, losing his first round match both years.
DiBiase made his professional debut in 1950. In 1963, DiBiase became the 131st and last knockout victim of light heavyweight boxer Archie Moore. One of DiBiase's most notable matches was a Texas Death Match against Dory Funk Sr, which lasted for one hour and 44 minutes, having taken in 16 falls before Funk was declared the winner.
DiBiase died in the ring on July 2, 1969, in Lubbock, Texas, following a match with Man Mountain Mike as the result of a fatal heart attack. Harley Race performed CPR on DiBiase and then rode in the ambulance with him. DiBiase was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was buried at the Sunset Cemetery in Willcox, Arizona. Ted DiBiase confirmed that his father had a huge cholesterol buildup and was genetically predisposed to heart disease.