On Jan. 17, the wrestling community was struck with the tragic news of the passing of Jay Briscoe, whose real name is Jamin Pugh, in a car accident in the United States. The 38-year-old American catcher, known for his tenure in the wrestling organization Ring of Honor (ROH), was traveling with another person in the town of Laurel, Delaware when the fatal incident occurred.
A Tribute to a Wrestling Legend
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) wrote in a statement, "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestle fans around the world as Jay Briscoe. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his fans." AEW wrestlers also wore black armbands to show their support and honor Briscoe in the ring.
Briscoe's death has sent shockwaves throughout the wrestling community, with many taking to social media to express their condolences.
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his fans. pic.twitter.com/g95ID0ZnDW — All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 18, 2023
ROH Founder and CEO, Khan, wrote, "Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away. Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he was a star in ROH for over 20 years, from the first show until today. Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH, reigning as champions to this day.
We'll do whatever we can to support his family. Rest In Peace Jamin."
The Impact on the Family
Briscoe's wife, Ashley Pugh, provided an update on the condition of their daughters, stating, "We need prayers! Gracie is on her way into surgery on her back.
Jamin would want the whole world praying for his little girl. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER!! Pray for the doctors and everyone working on her! Pray for her precious legs to move again! Pray for Jayleigh who has some pretty serious injuries, but is stable and resting!
Pray for Gannon waiting at home! Pray for strength for all of us! We have a long long road ahead of us! — with Jamin Pugh." Jay Briscoe's untimely death has deeply affected his family, friends, and fans. The wrestling community has come together to support them during this difficult time and to honor the memory of a true wrestling legend.