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Former ECW Star Jerome "New Jack" Young Dies at Age 58

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 15, 2021

AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Professional wrestler Jerome "New Jack" Young, who was best known for his violent, hardcore style and unpredictability, died Friday afternoon from a heart attack.

Young's wife, Jennifer, confirmed his death to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.

Young was best known for his work in ECW from 1995-2001, winning the tag team titles on three occasions. He also wrestled for Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action among other promotions.

Well-wishes and condolences poured in on Twitter, with just a few examples below.

The Iron Sheik @the_ironsheik

NEW JACK BUBBA YOU PARTY A TO THE Z AND FOREVER YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. I CANT BELIEVE YOU GONE BUBBA DAMN

Adam Pearce @ScrapDaddyAP

I didn’t share a ton of locker rooms with New Jack, but when I did it was never dull. I’ll always remember the first time I met him in CA. Let’s just say it was… eventful. Rest well, Jack. Godspeed. 🙏

CASH @CashWheelerFTR

Dax and I were just talking this week about how good he was when he spoke. RIP New Jack. pic.twitter.com/9GUdo2WisO

CORINO @StevenCorino

New Jack was always good to me. He told me that since Jack Victory liked me, he’d put up with me. <br><br>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.💔

*ONLY FOR DOLPHINS* @ActionBronson

RIP THE HARDCORE LEGEND NEW JACK!!!!

Lance Storm @LanceStorm

We were complete opposites but we alway got along. Shared a lot of locker rooms together. #RIPNewJack

Tommy Dreamer @THETOMMYDREAMER

There will never be anyone like OG Gangsta @theOnlyNewJack<br>Fought w/him<br>Against him<br>Always straight up w/me<br>Prayers for his family<br>RIP#ECW pic.twitter.com/cZItY2Uz8h

The legendary Young's wrestling career has been discussed and captured in numerous forums that extensively tell his story.

Tom Breihan of Grantland wrote a longform piece on Young, who he interviewed in 2015. Young was also featured on the second season of Vice TV's Dark Side of the Ring and the 1999 documentary Beyond the Mat.

Johnson added this note about Young to close his report:

"There will be a lot written about Jerome Young in the days to come, good and bad, but the reality was thishe loved to perform and he loved to be New Jack in the public eye. He put himself through a lot of physical and mental pain in order to live his life as New Jack and once famously told our own Dave Scherer that he made the decision to do so, that he knew what he was getting into and that he would have no regrets, because it was the decision he chose to make."

Young was 58 years old. A GoFundMe page has been created to raise funds for his family.

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