WWE Superstar pays respects after wrestling veteran's shock death

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The wrestling community is a tight knit group and, no matter the age difference or different paths taken, those involved are quick to look out for one another.

So when one of the wrestling fraternity dies there is always an outpouring of sympathy and respect, especially for a seasoned veteran of the business.

Untimely death

The fact that WWE Superstar Chris Jericho has today, then, taken to social media to pay his respects to the death of a man he calls himself "a big fan" of should come as no surprise.

Wrestling reporter Dave Meltzer was amongst the first to confirm the death of Tommy Rogers at the age of 54, and Jericho posted the following message on Twitter soon after:

Rogers, who was at his peak during the 1980s and '90s, is perhaps best known as one half of the The Fantastics tag team alongside Bobby Fulton.

He enjoyed great success in indie promotions such as UWF, World Class World, ECW and WCW and competed in memorable feuds against the likes of The Midnight Express and The Sheepherders.

As described by Meltzer:

"Tommy Rogers always finished high in lists of the most underrated pro wrestlers of the 80s and 90s. He was small, but was a solid a worker as there was in wrestling, with a great physique."

As Chris Jericho's message shows, he clearly made an impact during his heyday and helped inspire some of the stars that have entered the WWF/WWE since.

Rogers, too, did enjoy a brief spell in WWF; wrestling in the light heavyweight division and appearing on RAW in 1997.

Sad circumstances

The Hawaiian native was found dead in Honolulu this morning, with cause of death still pending.

Initial reports, though, suggest that a roommate called 911 after finding Rogers gurgling and unresponsive in front of a computer.

Dave Meltzer has also added details that suggest Rogers had been facing legal trouble in the recent past and was due to be sentenced tomorrow after having been involved in a fight with police officers. According to the reporter, Rogers "feared a long prison stay."

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