Virgil, former WWE star, dies at 61

WWE fans are mourning the loss of Mike Jones, who was known as Virgil during his career.

The wrestling organization confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Jones died on Wednesday.

Wrestling referee Mark Charles III, known as The Count, first announced Jones’ death in a Facebook post published on Wednesday, saying that the wrestling star, who had many nicknames, “passed peacefully at the hospital” that morning. Jones was 61.

“My dear friends, it is with great sorrow that I bring news from the Jones family of the passing of our beloved Michael Jones, whom we know and loved as Virgil, Vincent, Soul Train Jones and more,” he said. “… I ask that you pray for him and for his family. May his memory be eternal!”

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