Former ECW Superstar Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young passed away earlier this afternoon. As multiple reports suggest, the superstar collapsed after a heart attack in his residence in North Carolina.
The report was first confirmed by PWInsider the disappointing news of the demise. They reported Jack’s wife Jennifer confirmed the news of the demise of the 58-years-old wrestler.
Noted for being one of the most hardcore wrestlers in ECW history, New Jack was known for using weapons in his matches. Apart from some brutal and bloody matches, Jack was also known for his stellar promos.
He broke into the wrestling scene with “Gangstas,” a tag team he formed with Mustafa. Jack won the ECW Tag Team Championship three times during his six years tenure with the company. He won the title with Mustafa twice and once with John Kronus.
Jack also wrestled briefly on Impact wrestling after his ECW release. His career was filled with several controversial incidents (including the Mass Transit Incident back in 1996) in the ring that landed him in legal trouble.
The Dark Side of the Ring’s episode named “The Life and Crimes of New Jack.” covered some of the stories on their second season. He was also featured in the popular series Beyond the Mat in 1999.
WWE Superstars and legends react to the demise of New Jack
As soon as the news broke out, superstars across promotions, industry insiders, and media outlets paid their respect to the late icon. See some of the tweets below –
I’m sad to report that I just learned New Jack is no longer with us. RIP
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) May 15, 2021
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) May 15, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerome “New Jack” Young. We offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/5Qc0kO1hVx
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 14, 2021
R.I.P New Jack
Thank you for percolating the “mark” in me and countless others so effortlessly & consistently.
Not validating the “naughty” behavior, simply respecting a performer who always made me believe #kayfabe
— London…Paul London (@LondonFu) May 15, 2021
Mickie James wrote a heartfelt message regarding her interaction with Jack, “I’ve shared a few locker rooms with New Jack. He was always so cool and respectful to me. You do not know how grateful I was for that!! Truly saddened to hear of his passing. Sending his family, friends, all his loved ones so much of my prayers, love, & strength. “
Industry insider Dave Meltzer wrote, “Sorry to hear about the death of New Jack. He was a unique character, has a scary aura. Had the charisma to be a WWE/WCW star, but they obviously thought the negatives outweighed the positives.”
Jack’s former colleagues recalled working with him in ECW.
We were complete opposites but we alway got along. Shared a lot of locker rooms together. #RIPNewJack
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) May 14, 2021
Damn. RIP Jerome “New Jack” Young.
Anytime you heard Natural Born Killaz come on at a wrestling show, you knew some ish was about to go down.
My condolences to his friends and family.
— I AM THE FOUNDATION (@RhettTitusANX) May 15, 2021
Former ECW Champion and current NXT Producer Corino recalled, “We used to do these crazy 8-mans in ECW. Jack would always be last and I’d get goosebumps when that music hit. Then pray I wasn’t getting the crutch that night! Thank you Jack.”
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) May 14, 2021
We at EssentiallySports extend our thoughts and prayers to New Jack’s wife, family and friends. He was a true legend of his time and made ECW a powerhouse.