Professional wrestler Jay Briscoe was killed Tuesday in a car wreck in Delaware, according to CNN.
Briscoe, 38, whose real name is Jamin Pugh, was one of two people who died in a car crash in Delaware, according to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) founder and Ring of Honor (ROH) owner Tony Khan.
“Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away,” Khan wrote. “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.”
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.— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 18, 2023
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 Shore News Beacon reported that an emergency services call Tuesday described an accident where “four patients were trapped” near Laurel, Delaware, and that there were two fatalities and “two critical patients” with one of those patients referred to as “pediatric.”
According to the Wrestling Observer, the accident happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Two children were in the car with Briscoe, according to Wrestling Observer, and one was seriously injured. Ringside News reported that a woman in another vehicle died at the scene.
One report said Pugh was returning home from a cheerleading event with his daughter.
In 2020, Pugh posted a video showing him mirroring his daughter’s cheer/dance moves.
As a father myself Jay Briscoe doing whatever it takes to be a good Dad is a beautiful thing. pic.twitter.com/or2vlslYpF— Steve Fall - Ten Count (@SteveFall) January 18, 2023
Laurel School District posted on Facebook on Tuesday that it would be closed on Wednesday following the incident.
“Due to an unthinkable tragedy in our community this evening, The Laurel School District will be closed for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Schools will reopen on Thursday. Please keep the Pugh family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Pugh, along with his brother, started wrestling as a teenager. The two, who wrestled as the Briscoe Brothers, held the ROH tag team title 13 times.
The two had just won the title at ROH Final Battle in December.
Wrestlers responded to Pugh’s death on social media.
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
An incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans across the globe. My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe.— Triple H (@TripleH) January 18, 2023
Heard this tragic news while flying. I’m DEVASTATED that Jay Briscoe (Jamin Pugh) tragically died today. I was honored to work with him many times. I loved Jay. Jay was SO real. Jay loved his wife & kids more than anything & we shared that bond. I’m heartbroken for his family. pic.twitter.com/c2Jki7dEp0— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 18, 2023