ECW Original New Jack (Jerome Young) has reportedly passed away at the age of 58.
(Jerome Young is a former student from Grimsley High School, home of the Whirlies.)
[Jerome Young’s/New Jack’s wife/widow, attended Southern Guilford High School.]
New Jack passed away Friday afternoon after suffering a heart attack in North Carolina. His wife Jennifer informed PWInsider of the passing. The passing was also confirmed by Jack’s official Facebook page.
Jack is most known for his run in the original ECW, but he also had notable stints with SMW, XPW and various indie promotions. He also multiple made appearances for TNA. He was a three-time ECW World Tag Team Champion. The hardcore star has been retired for a few years now.
You can see WWE’s full statement on Jack’s passing below…….
Jerome Young, known in ECW as New Jack, passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that Jerome Young, known in ECW as New Jack, passed away today at the age of 58.
With his fierce, competitive style, New Jack was well-known for pushing the limits of hardcore wrestling to their furthest extremes. Young broke into the sports-entertainment circuit with the Memphis-based United States Wrestling Association in 1992. Upon arrival in the Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion, New Jack teamed to with Mustafa Saed to form The Gangstas tag team.
The Gangstas shook up ECW with their debut in 1995, immediately battling Public Enemy in one of the promotion’s most storied rivalries. New Jack teamed with Mustafa and Eliminator John Kronus for multiple ECW Tag Team Title reigns. With a trash can filled with makeshift weapons and his signature staple gun in tow, New Jack became one of ECW’s most popular antiheroes and a sports-entertainment firebrand who courted controversy and chaos with equal measure.
New Jack left a cultural imprint with the use of “Natural Born Killaz” by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre as his theme music that would play throughout matches. He was also mentioned in the Weezer single “El Scorcho” and appeared on the television shows “Early Edition” and “Daily Show.”
WWE extends its condolences to Young’s family and friends.
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of ECW Legend “New Jack” Jerome Young. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/LMHYG0T6Mv
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) 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
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) May 14, 2021
Birth name Jerome Young
Born January 3, 1963
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Died May 14, 2021 (aged 58)
North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Spouse(s) Jennifer Young
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) New Jack
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Billed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Billed from South Central, Los Angeles
Trained by Ray Candy
Jerome Young (January 3, 1963 – May 14, 2021) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name New Jack. He was best known for his time with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where he became notorious for his willingness to take dangerous bumps and his stiff hardcore wrestling style, often taking high risks and “shooting” on opponents, including in the infamous 1996 Mass Transit incident. He is also known for being the only wrestler to have had his entrance music (“Natural Born Killaz” by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre) play throughout his matches in ECW.
Born on January 3, 1963 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Young has described his childhood as tumultuous. When he was five years old, he as well as his siblings witnessed his father stab his mother multiple times after he found out she had been cheating on him with other men. When his mother tried to leave and take Young with her five months later, his father shot her in the leg. His father died of a heart attack when he was five years old.