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Jay Briscoe, world wrestling champion, dies at 38

Jay Briscoe
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Jamin Pugh, better known as Jay Briscoe to wrestling fans around the world, has passed away at the young age of 38.

Ring of Honor owner Tony Khan took to social media Tuesday night to announce that Briscoe has died. There was no initial information on Briscoe’s cause of death. However, the WWE later acknowledged his passing in a car accident Tuesday evening.

This is absolutely shocking news around the wrestling world.

At the time of his death, Briscoe was one-half of the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions with his brother, Mark. He was also a two-time ROH World Champion and a ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champion.

A native of Maryland, Jay Briscoe made his debut back in May of 2000. He joined Combat Zone Wrestling in 2001 and lasted until 2003 before making his return in 2010. He was a member of Jersey All Pro Wrestling from 2001-2002 and again in 2005. In 2002, Briscoe made his debut with the Ring of Honor.

For the broader wrestling world, this tragic news comes amid a time of widespread change. It’s far more important than the drama surrounding wrestling, and had people at a loss Tuesday evening.

Wrestling world pays homage to Jay Briscoe

Our thoughts go out to Jay Briscoe’s family, his friends and all of those close to the young man.