Updated Thursday, February 29, 2024-09:35

In the 80s and 90s,


was like a religion in the United States, where it had millions of followers.

One of the best-known faces in the world of wrestling at that time,


, has died at the age of 61 without further details being revealed at the moment.

"Dear friends, it is with great sadness that I bring the news to the Jones family of the passing of our beloved Michael Jones. Virgil passed away peacefully in hospital this morning and I ask that you pray for him and his family. May his memory be eternal!" , confirmed

Charles III

, referee of this show and friend of Virgil's family.

Michel Jones

, the man beyond the character, was suffering from stage two colon cancer and asked his fans for help to finance the medical costs for his treatment.

Virgil debuted in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1987 as the assistant and bodyguard of Ted DiBiase, the legendary

Million Dollar Man.

A friendship that, as part of the show, turned into enmity and made them rivals in the ring. .

After leaving WWE in the 90s, Jones continued in the world of wrestling, working in other companies in this sport.

His last fight was in 2020, when he participated in the independent event 'Talk 'N Shop A Mania 2: Rise of the Torturer'.