US Wrestling Star Michael Jones, Known as Virgil and Vincent, Passes Away at 61

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved US wrestling star Michael Jones, known by his ring names Virgil and Vincent. The 61-year-old passed away peacefully at the hospital on Wednesday morning, as announced by wrestling referee Mark Charles III, professionally known as The Count. This news has also been confirmed through posts on Jones’s social media accounts.

Michael Jones gained significant recognition for his contributions to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) during the 1980s and 1990s. Starting his professional wrestling career in the mid-1980s under the name Soul Train Jones, Jones made his debut with the WWF, now known as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), in 1986. He later rebranded himself as Lucius Brown, which was eventually changed to Virgil.

Virgil rose to fame by portraying the bodyguard for Ted DiBiase, popularly known as The Million Dollar Man. This persona catapulted him into the spotlight and brought him several years of success. After leaving the WWE in 1994, Jones spent two years on the independent circuit before joining the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the name Vincent. He briefly reinvented himself as Curly Bill for the wrestling outfit the West Texas Rednecks before retiring from WCW in 2000 due to injury. Jones continued to make independent appearances under his various personas until his health began to deteriorate.

In 2022, Jones disclosed that he was battling dementia and colon cancer. He also faced a series of strokes. Online fundraising pages were set up to support Jones’s medical expenses, including bills and personal care items.

Tributes poured in from fellow wrestlers and fans following the news of Jones’s passing. WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jake “The Snake” Roberts expressed his shock and sadness, writing, “Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Virgil. Rest in peace, my friend.” Another WWE star, Luke Gallows, paid tribute to Jones and expressed gratitude for their shared experiences, writing, “R.I.P Virgil, thanks for being a great sport during our shenanigans & for the memories. See you down the road, good brother.”

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