Wrestling icon Virgil, known for his time in the WWE, has sadly passed away at the age of 61.

The family of WWE legend Virgil, famously known as the bodyguard of the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, announced his passing on Wednesday. Virgil, whose real name is Michael Jones, was only 61 years old at the time of his death.

Jones had been grappling with health issues in recent years, having endured several strokes and being diagnosed with dementia.

His wrestling career began in 1985, where he competed in various wrestling promotions, including the Championship Wrestling Association, where he clinched the heavyweight title and the tag team championship alongside Rocky Johnson.

Subsequently, he joined the WWE, where he gained prominence working alongside DiBiase. As DiBiase’s right-hand man, Virgil would handle DiBiase’s money and protect him from adversaries. However, their relationship took a turn at Summerslam 1991 when Virgil turned against DiBiase and defeated him at WrestleMania VII.

He later transitioned to WCW under the moniker Vincent, becoming a pivotal member of the nWo faction and serving as their head of security. Virgil continued to work with renowned wrestlers like Hulk Hogan until his departure from WCW in 1999.

In 2010, he briefly returned to WWE as the bodyguard of Ted DiBiase Jr. He also made appearances in AEW under the name Soul Train Jones.

Those close to him have mentioned that he passed away peacefully in the hospital.

WWE issued a statement expressing their sorrow over the loss of Michael Jones, known as Virgil, and extended their condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

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