Former pro wrestler and road agent Mike Graham died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.
As reported by PWInsider (via Wrestlinginc.com) Graham was found dead in Daytona Beach. Further details regarding his passing have yet to be released.
He was 61 years old.
The 1972 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year was a two-time AWA World Light Heavyweight champ. Graham (real name: Michael Gossett) was the son of Florida promoter Eddie Graham.
Mike Graham inducted his late father into WWE's Hall of Fame in 2008.
Soon after news broke of Mike's death, friends and former colleagues opened up about him on Twitter.
Jim Ross had this to say:
News reports say Mike Graham, long time Florida wrestling star, was found dead in Daytona this morning. Details pending. RIP Mike.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) October 19, 2012
Eric Bischoff, who has longed played a cold and calculating villain, expressed some moving sentiments regarding Graham.
Sad to hear the news about Mike Graham. He loved the business, admired his father and now rests in peace. God Bless.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) October 19, 2012
Former WWE star and wrestling's resident vampire Gangrel added his thoughts as well.
Mike Graham RIP you where always golden to me.— GANGREL (@gangrel13) October 19, 2012
Wrestling legend Dutch Mantell spoke highly of Graham's character and skills.
Just heard the news about my friend Mike Graham.Good guy, great athlete, great in ring performer.RIP.Thoughts are with your family.— Dirty Dutch Mantell(@dirtydutchman1) October 19, 2012
Goldust's response sums up many people's feelings about Graham's passing.
R.I.P. to my mentor in the business mike graham. My god be with his family. He will be missed. Love u mike— DUSTINRHODES (@DUSTIN_RHODES1) October 19, 2012
Pro wrestling is its own strange extended family and it hurts to lose any of its members. Graham will be remembered as a champion, trainer, road agent and as a man with a lifelong love of the business.