Multi-time champion Tracy Smothers has died at the age of 58.
PWInsider reports that Smothers has passed away as he was dealing with health problems, including heart issues and a pending hernia surgery.
Smothers began his wrestling career in the 1980s and wrestled for various promotions such as the Continental Wrestling Association, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, the NWA, WWF, WCW, ECW and NJPW and more recently such as IWA Mid-South and GCW, with his last match taking place in 2019.
Throughout his career, Smothers won a number of titles including the ECW Tag Team Title, the WCW United States Tag Team Title, the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title, the Smoky Mountain Wrestling Heavyweight Title and more.
WWE posted the following statement:
WWE is saddened to learn that Tracy Smothers passed away today at the age of 58.
A native of Springfield, Tennessee, Smothers teamed with Steve Armstrong, as his career began in Florida Championship Wrestling. The duo competed in WCW as The Southern Boys and The Young Pistols and were engaged in a long rivalry with The Fabulous Freebirds tandem of Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin.
After another stint on the independent wrestling circuit, Smothers began wrestling in WWE as Freddie Joe Floyd. Smothers shared the ring with icons such as Triple H and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during his time with WWE. Later, the wrestling veteran had a memorable run with ECW.
WWE extends its condolences to Smothers’ family and friends.
Fightful sends its condolences to Smothers' family, friends and loved ones.