The wrestling world reacted to the death of New Jack, the controversial former ECW star who passed away yesterday as a result of a heart attack.
WWE issued a statement on social media and also wrote about New Jack on the WWE.COM website. “WWE is saddened to learn that Jerome Young, known in ECW as New Jack, passed away today at the age of 58. WWE extends its condolences to Young’s family and friends.”
Impact Wrestling, where he wrestled for a few, added, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young. We offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and family.”
All Elite Wrestling wrote, “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.”
Some of his former colleagues also chimed in with tributes on Twitter.
“RIP NEW JACK. Such an intense performer and a riveting interview. He made it very easy to believe,” wrote Mick Foley, a former ECW legend himself.
The Blue Meanie, who was in ECW with New Jack in the mid-90s, wrote that he was absolutely gutted about the news. “You were a friend. You were a brother. You were a true outlaw. You looked out for me. You protected me. I love you Jerome. Rest In Peace New Jack! Thanks for being real with me.”
Rob Van Dam, the former ECW champion, said that he was sad to learn that New Jack was no longer with them.
Steve Corino, another ECW alumni, said that New Jack was always good to him. “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.”
Now appearing on AEW as a manager and sometimes commentator, Taz said that New Jack was a “fearless and passionate performer” and offered his condolences and prayers to the family.
The Twitter account of Dark Side of the Ring issued a statement saying they were grateful to have had the opportunity to tell his story and one of the creators of the show, Evan Husney, added that he was shocked, speechless, and sad.
“Interviewing New Jack and making his episode is an experience I’ll never ever forget and will always stay with me. Thinking about his family, friends and fans,” Husney wrote.