Former WWE and WCW star Johnny Meadows has died aged 59 after battling Covid-19.
The former wrestler – real name John Conronde – is said to have been on a ventilator since September 28 following complications from the coronavirus.
According to Tennessee publication The Daily Times, Meadows had been fighting the illness since September, and had been keeping his friends and fans updated on his Facebook page.
The last post read: ‘The family is so grateful for each of his cherished friends and the (Blount Memorial Hospital) staff that provided such great care and compassion.’
He started his career in the early 1980s in Southeastern Championship Wrestling, facing big names like Big John Studd and Hector Guerrero.
He went onto face the legendary Ric Flair as he took on the Nature Boy and Abdullah the Butcher in world title bouts.
Meadows – who teamed with Joey Cazana in the Paradise City Rockers and Don Lucas in The Dream Team – would go onto appear in a number of other companies, including NWA, ECW and AWA.
He also made his name as part of The Stingers in WCW, as henchmen for Sting and Flair.
Away from the ring, he was known for his musical career, and became a Grammy-nominated ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) songwriter.
He toured with the likes of The Roane State Boys and Tranquillity Express.
The wrestling world is mourning once again, just days after Mexican luchador Principe Aereo died aged 26 after collapsing in the middle of a match.
WWE legend Mick Foley tweeted: ‘My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of luchador Principe Aereo, who died in the ring, following an apparent stroke. Rest in peace Principe.’
The sad news came after a difficult week for the wrestling world, with British star Ryan Smile losing his fight with mental health, while German legend Karsten Beck died after a long battle with brain cancer.
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