ECW Legend New Jack Passes Away at 58

Published 05/14/2021, 9:18 PM EDT


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.

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The report was first confirmed by PWInsider , revealing the disappointing news of the demise. They reported Jack’s wife Jennifer confirmed the news of the demise of the 58-year-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.

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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 year 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 in 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 –

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.

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.”

 

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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.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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