Former WWE Wrestling Icon Virgil, Hailing from Wilkinsburg, Passes Away at Age 61

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Former WWE Star Virgil Passes Away at 61

Former WWE star Michael Jones, known by his wrestling alias Virgil, has passed away at the age of 61, as confirmed by his verified Instagram account.

Wrestling Community Mourns the Loss

The news of Jones' passing was shared on his Instagram account, where a post expressed regret at confirming the sad news. The post described Jones as the beloved "Meatsauce God and Wrestling Superstar" and urged fans to remember him for the person he was. Tributes poured in from the wrestling community, with friends and colleagues expressing shock and sadness at the loss.

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Remembering Virgil’s Legacy in the WWE

Jones, known for his roles as Virgil, Vincent, and Soul Train Jones, began his WWE journey in the late 1980s as the bodyguard for the “Million Dollar Man,” Ted DiBiase. His later rebellion against DiBiase, which saw him capture the Million Dollar Championship, endeared him to fans and solidified his place as one of WWE’s most beloved superstars.

Throughout his career in WWE, Virgil achieved significant milestones and left a lasting impact on the wrestling world. His portrayal of the loyal but ultimately betrayed bodyguard to Ted DiBiase showcased his versatility as a performer. The storyline where he turned against DiBiase and claimed the Million Dollar Championship remains one of the memorable moments in WWE history.

Beyond his in-ring exploits, Virgil's charisma and dedication to his character earned him a special place in the hearts of fans. His presence added depth to storylines and provided entertainment both inside and outside the ring. Virgil's interactions with other WWE superstars, including his alliance with Dusty Rhodes and his feuds with the likes of Shawn Michaels, contributed to the rich tapestry of wrestling narratives.

In addition to his WWE career, Virgil's impact extended beyond the ring. He remained active in the wrestling community, attending conventions, signings, and other events to connect with fans and fellow wrestlers. His passion for the sport and willingness to engage with fans endeared him to a new generation of wrestling enthusiasts.

While the exact cause of Jones' death has not been disclosed, he had been battling health issues in recent years. In April 2022, Jones revealed that he had suffered two strokes and had been diagnosed with an early stage of dementia.

Wrestling referee Mark Charles III shared the news on Facebook, expressing sorrow and asking for prayers for Jones and his family. He described Jones as a dear friend and urged fans to keep his memory alive forever.

The wrestling world mourns the loss of Michael Jones, celebrating his contributions to the sport and remembering him fondly as Virgil, a legend in his own right.

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