Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero Sr Passes Away

Legendary member of the Guerrero wrestling family, Chavo Sr., has passed away.

Chavo, real name Salvador wrestled for four decades, and would appear in both WWE and Lucha Underground later in life. Guerrero, the father of Chavo Jr, and the brother of Eddie, also became the oldest WWE Cruiserweight Champion of all time in 2004.

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Chavo also performed all across the globe for NWA, NJPW, AJPW, UWF, WAR, WCW and other promotions. He would become WWA Trios Champion, and is credited with helping popularize the moonsault in American wrestling.

His son announced the news on Instagram. Chavo was 68 years old. extends our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Chavo Classic. 

WWE also issued a statement, which you can see below.

Chavo Guerrero Sr. passes away

WWE is saddened to learn that Chavo Guerrero Sr., the legendary wrestler, brother of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero and father of Chavo Guerrero, Jr., passed away Saturday at age 68.

His death was first announced on Instagram by his son, former WWE Superstar Chavo Guerrero Jr.

"Today the world lost a true rebel," Guerrero Jr. wrote on Instagram. "He did things "HIS" way. Not always right, not always wrong, but He always followed what he believed in. He was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in early January of this year."

Chavo Classic, as the elder Guerrero came to be known in the WWE Universe, was born Salvador Guerrero III on Jan. 7, 1949, in El Paso, Texas. He was the oldest of six children in a family that's synonymous with sports-entertainment — from the early efforts of his father, Gory Guerrero, to the later success of his brothers, including Mando, Hector and Eddie.

His exploits made him a household name around the world and especially in the NWA Hollywood Wrestling territory, where he was a celebrated 15-time champion and a longtime rival of WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.

In 2004, Chavo Classic formally introduced himself to the WWE Universe, landing right in the middle of an ongoing rivalry between brother Eddie and son Chavo Jr. Chavo Classic made WWE history that same year by becoming the oldest Superstar to win the original Cruiserweight Championship.

WWE extends its condolences to Chavo Guerrero Sr.'s family, friends and fans.

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