Professional Wrestling mourns the loss/death of Tracy Smothers:Former “Southern Boy/Young Pistol” gone at age 58


Pro wrestling legend Tracy Smothers has passed away at the age of 58. Smothers announced in November 2019 that he was battling lymphoma, and was facing a second battle with the cancer. He had suffered some heart damage from the first round due to heavy chemotherapy. Smothers just underwent surgery for a hernia 11 days ago.

In an update, Timothy Denison noted on Facebook that Smothers passed away this morning/Wednesday morning at around 4:24am, due to his fight against cancer.

Funeral arrangements and a “Celebration of Life” will be announced in the near future for Smothers’ family, friends and fans. Denison noted that Smothers is survived by his mother, sister, two brothers, two sons, and his girlfriend.

Several promotions, wrestlers and WWE Hall of Famers are paying tribute to Smothers on social media today. Below are statements from WWE, AEW, Impact Wrestling, the NWA, OVW, CM Punk, Adam Pearce, Edge, Eric Bischoff, Ricochet, Taz, Ricky Morton, Mustafa Ali, and others:

Tracy Smothers passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that Tracy Smothers passed away today at the age of 58.

A native of Springfield, Tennessee, Smothers teamed with Steve Armstrong, as his career began in Florida Championship Wrestling. The duo competed in WCW as The Southern Boys and The Young Pistols and were engaged in a long rivalry with The Fabulous Freebirds tandem of Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin.

After another stint on the independent wrestling circuit, Smothers began wrestling in WWE as Freddie Joe Floyd. Smothers shared the ring with icons such as Triple H and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during his time with WWE. Later, the wrestling veteran had a memorable run with ECW.

WWE extends its condolences to Smothers’ family and friends.