While the world mourns the loss of Chadwick Boseman, WWE mourns the death of Bob Armstrong. This Friday, August 28, the American magazine People revealed that this wrestling size, active for more than five decades, died at the age of 80. The announcement comes straight from two of his four sons, who have also entered the WWE community as wrestlers or referee, Brian and Scott. The latter seized their Twitter accounts on the evening of Thursday, August 27. As clarified by our colleagues across the Atlantic, the one who had inherited the nickname “Bullet” Bob Armstrong in the ring (or the nicknames Georgia Jaw Cracker and Alabama Jaw Jacker) suffered from generalized cancer, “to the ribs , in the shoulder but also in the prostate. ” He had preferred not to undergo treatment.
“Information regarding funeral arrangements will come at a later date,” said Scott Armstrong, the eldest sibling. Brian Armstrong, for his part, paid a tender tribute to the deceased. “Today, I pray that I will keep my head up, celebrating the life and legacy of my hero, my father,” reads the blue bird social network. “I also pray to remain grateful to my Heavenly Father for the birth gift of my mother and father!” Bob Amrstrong leaves behind a large family, he who was a grandfather but also great-grandfather according to his Instagram account followed by 3,049 Internet users, but also his wife, Gail James.
A former marine
Born October 3, 1939, Joseph Melton James whose real name was first served in the United States Marine Corps before taking his first steps in a ring. His rise to wrestling star began in the 1960s. Once launched, Bob Armstrong was an eight-time NWA Macon team champion and two-time heavyweight champion in the same company. A success that allowed him to join the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
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