Legendary wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Jr. died last night at the age of 76 years old.
WWE issued the following statement in response to his death:
“WWE is saddened to learn that Jim Crockett Jr. passed away at the age of 76.
An influential promoter who helped champion the careers of WWE Hall of Famers such as Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat and The Road Warriors, Crockett Jr. stewarded the family’s Crockett Promotions from 1977 to 1989. As part of the promotion’s affiliation, Crockett Jr. was later named President of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1980. During his tenure, Crockett Jr. helped expand the promotion’s footprint and held the inaugural Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Under Crockett Jr.’s leadership, the NWA would eventually be sold and renamed as World Championship Wrestling.
WWE extends its condolences to Crockett Jr.’s family and friends.”
AEW acknowledged his death in the following tweet:
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and NWA promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/rZN7k9e350
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) March 4, 2021
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer provided a few more details about Crockett’s death:
“He had had health issues, and he contracted COVID. And essentially, because of the previous health issues and then getting the COVID, it put him in the hospital, and it got worse and worse…He had kidney issues before, and then he was on kidney dialysis. His kidneys and other internal organs were shutting down. He made the call to get off dialysis, essentially knowing that that was it. So it was just a matter of time. I think that’s been pretty clear for a couple of days.”
On behalf of everyone at Cageside Seats, we send our condolences to the friends and family of Jim Crockett Jr.