The professional wrestling world is in mourning today after it was revealed that former WWE and ECW star Balls Mahoney tragically passed away.
Mahoney, who's real name was Jonathan Rechner, died suddenly in his home last night. He was just 44-years-old.
Chris Candido's brother, Jonny, posted on social media that a friend saw ambulances parked in front of Mahoney's house. When Candido called Mahoney's wife, she was in tears and gave him the unfortunate news.
The WWE issued a statement on the passing of their former star, who was an ECW Original and signed for the WWE when they brought back ECW in the mid-2000's.
"WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Jonathan Rechner, best known for competing in ECW as Balls Mahoney, has passed away," the statement read. "WWE extends its condolences to Rechner's family, friends and fans."
Rechner was at the forefront of Extreme Championship Wrestling and held the tag team title three times during his heyday with the company, when it was the hottest promotion in wrestling, with Paul Heyman at the helm.
His wrestling persona was known for carrying around a steel chair and wreaking havoc with it in tag team matches when he was in his prime, teaming up with New Jack, Axl Rotten, Spike Dudley, and Masato Tanaka.
According to a report from PW Insider, via Wrestling Inc, Balls had taken a rough fall a few days ago and badly hurt his hip. After the fall, he had been using a walker to get around but became ill and passed away today.
Several other former ECW stars and wrestlers, in general, have taken to social media to pay their respects to their fallen comrade.
Tommy Dreamer posted what looks like a very recently taken picture of himself with Mahoney.
"Balls Mahoney was my first opponent in ECW. It saddens me that I am now the only survivor from our WrestlePalooza PPV match. #RIP," is what Lance Storm wrote.
Wrestling announcer Justin Roberts also paid tribute, thanking Mahoney for just how kind and welcoming he always was towards everyone.
Mahoney is survived by his wife, and his son Christoper, who was born in 2007. Rest in Peace, Balls.
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