We are sad to learn about the passing of John “Xavier” Jirius. He was 43-years-old. As of this writing his cause of death has not been made public.
Xavier, a former ROH Champion was born in New York City and he was trained by former ECW star Tony Devito. He broke into the indie wrestling scene and started working with Northeast Wrestling.
He wrestled all over including ROH where he became the 2nd ROH Champion after beating Low Ki at Unscripted on September 21st, 2002. He held that title for 182 days until Samoa Joe defeated him at Night Of Champions on March 22nd 2003.
His final match was in 2016 for ICW following a four-year absence from the ring. He defeated Indigo Child during that One Night Only event.
Ian Riccaboni sent out a touching tribute to remember Xavier after his passing. He was truly gone far too soon.
Man, gone way too soon.
Always so nice when he’d swing by NYC for ROH events. Unheralded and under aporeciated. Was looking forward to calling his comeback match in ROH.
Rest in Peace, Xavier.
Our thoughts go out to Xavier’s family, fans, and everyone else dealing with this sad situation. Plenty of fans are taking this time to remember his contributions to the pro wrestling world. RIP.