Ring of Honor Wrestling star Jay Briscoe died at the age of 38 on Tuesday (January 17), according to Ring of Honor Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling owner Tony Khan.
Briscoe, whose real name is Jamin Pugh, is a former two-time ROH World champion and was in his thirteenth reign as a ROH World Tag Team champion alongside his brother, Mark Briscoe, at the time of his death.
"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," Khan tweeted.
Delaware State Police confirmed that two people were killed in a car collision in Pugh's hometown of Laurel, Delaware, WMDT reports.
Numerous wrestling colleagues paid tribute to Pugh after news of his sudden death was shared online, including Cash Wheeler of FTR, whom the Briscoes defeated for the ROH Tag Team titles at ROH Final Battle last month.
"I’ve been in tears since I heard the news. I just don’t have the words. Rest in Peace Jay," Wheeler tweeted.
The Briscoe Brothers were among pro wrestling's most decorated tag teams of the past two decades, most notably for their run in Ring of Honor, as well as Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, the National Wrestling Alliance and New Japan Pro Wrestling.