ECW legend New Jack has died aged 58 following a heart attack.
The wrestler – real name Jerome Young – died in North Carolina on Friday afternoon, his wife Jennifer has confirmed to PWInsider.com.
He was a multiple time Extreme Championship Wrestling tag team champion, having held the titles twice with Mustafa Saed and once with John Kronus.
Now, the wrestling world is in mourning with many WWE, AEW, IMPACT and former Extreme Championship Wrestling stars paying tribute.
WWE commented: ‘With a trash can filled with makeshift weapons and his signature staple gun in tow, New Jack became one of ECW’s most popular antiheroes and a sports-entertainment firebrand who courted controversy and chaos with equal measure.
‘New Jack left a cultural imprint with the use of Natural Born Killaz by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre as his theme music that would play throughout matches. He was also mentioned in the Weezer single El Scorcho and appeared on the television shows Early Edition and Daily Show.
‘WWE extends its condolences to Young’s family and friends.’
Although there were controversies – including the infamous Mass Transit incident – his passion for the business cannot be denied.
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