Tracy Smothers Dies at Age 58

Tracy Smothers, whose long wrestling career included stints in WCW, WWF, ECW and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, died on Wednesday morning at age 58.

Last year, Smothers said that he was undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 lymphoma and that he had also suffered a heart attack. Earlier this month, he was hospitalized for lymphoma in his stomach, which also spread to his lungs.

A GoFundMe was launched for Smothers earlier this month and two wrestling benefit shows were set to take place next month.

The peak of Smothers’ wrestling career was in the 90s, where he wrestled in WCW from 1990-1992, then moved on to Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling from 1992-1995. In 1996, he briefly wrestled in WWE as Freddie Joe Floyd, then went to ECW from 1997-1999, where he was a member of the Full Blooded Italians stable. As recently as 2019, he was still actively and regularly wrestling in the indies.

WWE and AEW expressed condolences on his death and there’s been an outpouring of comments and tributes from wrestling personalities on social media.