The professional wrestling community was rocked by the sudden and unexpected passing of Michael Jones, known to many as Virgil during his time in WWE. His death has elicited profound sadness and shock among those in the industry, who are currently awaiting further details regarding the circumstances surrounding his passing.

While specific information about the events leading to his death remains scarce, numerous individuals within the wrestling world are expressing their grief and sharing memories of Virgil. Wrestling referee Mark Charles III conveyed the heartbreaking news on behalf of the Jones family, informing that Virgil passed away peacefully.

TNA superstar Frank Kazarian fondly remembered Virgil for their friendly interactions, expressing his condolences by saying, “RIP Michael “Virgil” Jones. Our interactions were always friendly and very memorable. Godspeed sir.”

AEW superstar Mike Santana, part of the tag team Proud and Powerful, also paid tribute to Virgil, simply stating, “RIP. 🙏🏽.”


Brett Lauderdale, the owner of GCW Wrestling, reflected on Virgil’s contributions both inside and outside the wrestling ring. He described Virgil as an exceptional athlete and a dependable presence in the ring, while also highlighting his humor and warmth outside of it. Lauderdale expressed gratitude for having known Virgil and shared personal anecdotes about their interactions, cherishing them as lasting memories.

“RIP Virgil As a performer – an incredible athlete and a reliable soldier. As a person – he was funny, cordial and unpredictable in all the best ways. He was a trooper and a friend of GCW. I truly feel lucky to have known him and I’ll share my personal “Virgil stories” forever.”

As people share their memories of Virgil in significant tributes, the outpouring of support and remembrance is likely to persist. This article will be updated throughout the night with additional tributes, so please check back for more information.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Virgil’s entire family from all of us here at Ringside News. The news of his untimely and tragic departure has left many still grappling with the shock and sadness surrounding the loss of Virgil.

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