Former WWE And WCW Star Virgil Has Passed Away Aged 61

Former WWE And WCW Star Virgil Has Passed Away Aged 61 Former WWE And WCW Star Virgil Has Passed Away Aged 61

We lost the legendary Ole Anderson earlier this week, and the news has broken today that another popular pro wrestling personality - Virgil - has sadly passed away. Here's our look back at his career...

By JoshWilding - Feb 28, 2024 01:02 PM EST
Filed Under: WWE

We have some sad news to share today as it's been confirmed that the iconic Virgil died at 61. 

There have been various reports in recent weeks about his health, including reports that he's suffered a series of strokes which left him fighting for his life. The former WWE Superstar was diagnosed with dementia in 2022 and suffered two minor strokes that same year. 

His close friend, Mark Charles III, broke the news with a short statement earlier today:

"My dear friends, it is with great sorrow that I bring news from the Jones family of the passing of our beloved Michael Jones, whom we know and loved as Virgil, Vincent, Soul Train Jones and more.  Virgil passed peacefully at the hospital this morning and I ask that you pray for him and for his family. May his memory be eternal!"

Virgil, whose real name is Michael Jones, gained prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s primarily within the WWF. He's best known for his role as the loyal bodyguard to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

Virgil began his wrestling career in the early 1980s, initially competing under the name Soul Train Jones. As noted, he gained attention when he aligned himself with Ted DiBiase, who portrayed the wealthy, arrogant "Million Dollar Man." Virgil served as DiBiase's enforcer and bodyguard, often intervening in matches on his behalf and assisting him in various schemes.

Their partnership was a central storyline in the WWF during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Virgil became a fan favourite as he endured mistreatment and humiliation from DiBiase, eventually leading to a highly anticipated face turn in 1991.

After splitting from DiBiase, Virgil pursued a singles career, but never quite achieved the same level of success he had experienced as part of the Million Dollar Corporation. He continued wrestling for various promotions, including WCW, where he had a brief stint in the mid-1990s as a member of the NWO.

In addition to his in-ring career, Virgil made sporadic appearances on the independent wrestling circuit and at wrestling conventions and signings. Often outspoken, he's frequently made headlines in recent years while sharing his thoughts on the world of pro wrestling.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.

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