Mickie Henson, who officiated matches in major wrestling promotions including WCW and WWE, passed away Monday evening (February 14). He was 59 at the time of his death.

PWInsider reported the cause of his death to be pneumonia that only got worse due to coronavirus complications. Henson was on life support after he suffered severe lung damage due to pneumonia.

His career began in the late eighties. Henson officiated for territories before joining Ted Turner’s WCW in the early nineties. His WCW stint came to an end after the company was purchased by rival WWE (then WWF) in 2001.

Henson joined WWE in 2005 and got promoted to the position of head referee on SmackDown and ECW. He had to give up his in-ring duties in 2008 due to being diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma.

He officially parted ways with WWE in 2009 and was extremely grateful to them for taking care of his financial wellbeing for eight points. He was once told that he only had months to live due to cancer, but he beat the disease. Here’s Henson officiating the Team Cena vs. Team Big Show match at Survivor Series 2006.

RIP

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