It has been announced that wrestling legend, Bobby Eaton, has unexpectedly died, aged 62. His sister, Deborah Eaton, confirmed the news in a heartbreaking social media post.
Bobby Eaton, born Robert Lee Eaton on August 14, 1958, found fame as one half of The Midnight Express team, under the wing of Jim Cornette.
The former star became one of America’s most popular wrestlers during the course of his career with the likes of WCW, Jim Crockett Promotions and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
Now, fans of the star are mourning his death, more than four decades after he burst onto the scene.
Taking to Facebook, Bobby’s sister Debbie shared that his cause of death is still unknown.
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In an emotional post, she said: “I never wanted to have to post this, but my Little Brother Beautiful Bobby Eaton passed away last night.
“When I find out all the details I will post them.”
A heartbroken Debbie continued: “Bobby was the kindest, loving person you would ever meet. I loved him so much and going to miss him.
“Please say a prayer for my Niece Taryn she found him. And she just lost her Mom a little over a month ago.”
The couple leave behind three children, Dustin, Dylan and Taryn, with Dylan following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a wrestler.
Donna’s father, Bill Dundee, a fellow wrestler, had at the time been against their relationship, forbidding Donna from dating wrestlers that he was working with.
Following his death, fans and fellow stars have flocked to social media to share their condolences.
“Sad news that pro wrestling legend Beautiful Bobby Eaton has passed away,” said one.
While a second added: “Man, that’s really sad. RIP Beautiful Bobby Eaton.”
“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton. Aside from being one of the absolute best to ever step in the ring, Bobby was a great person and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Prayers for his children and for the many people that he loved and that love him,” tweeted a third.
Wrestler Gringo Fantastico penned: “Damn. We lost Bobby Eaton. One of the nicest pros I’ve ever shared a ring with. Just, damn.”