The world of pro wrestling was thrown into deep sorrow following the tragic death of Jay Briscoe earlier this week. The ROH World Tag Team Champion and half of the Briscoe brothers passed away at the age of 38 following a fatal car crash in Laurel, Delaware.
Tony Khan, CEO of All Elite Wrestling and owner of Ring Of Honor announced Briscoe’s death on Wednesday, January 18.
“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,” Khan wrote on Twitter. He also promised to do everything in his power to help the Briscoe family.
“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.”
His tragic death is shocking and incredibly sad to wrestling fans all around the world.
Who was Jay Briscoe?
Jamin “Jay” Pugh was an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Jay Briscoe. He signed a contract with Ring of Honor in 2002 and was known as one of the best tag-team wrestlers in the world. He competed with his brother, Mark and the pair were the thirteenth reigning ROH World Tag Team Champions. He was also the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions and a two-time ROH World Champion. Jay Briscoe and his brother were inducted into the inaugural class of the ROH Hall of Fame last year.
World Wrestling Entertainment chief content officer, and 14-time world champion Paul Levesque – better known by his ring name Triple H – called Briscoe an “incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans across the globe”.
“My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe,” he added.
Jay Briscoe Death Cause
Jay Briscoe cause of death was Car Accident. Briscoe died in a car accident in Laurel, Delaware, on Tuesday afternoon (January 17).
Although investigations are still ongoing, The Delaware State Police reports a female driver in a 2019 Chevrolet, who was traveling westbound on Laurel Road failed to remain in her lane, and for unknown reasons drove directly into the path of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 that Jamin Pugh and his two daughters were in. This resulted in a head-on collision between the two pickup trucks in the eastbound lane at approximately 5:09 p.m. The driver of the Silverado 1500, identified as 27-year-old Lillyanne Ternahan of Frankford, Delaware, was wearing her seatbelt, but unfortunately Jamin Pugh was not wearing his seatbelt. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The report adds Pugh’s daughters were both properly restrained before they were rushed by ambulance to an area hospital, where they wee admitted in critical condition.
Jay Briscoe Wife and Children
Jay Briscoe’s wife posted an update to Facebook Wednesday (January 18) asking for prayers for their two daughters following Tuesday evenings fatal car accident in Delaware that took the life of their father and sent both of them to the hospital with serious injuries.
Ashley Pugh said her daughter, Gracie, 12, is having surgery on her back and asked for people to “pray for her precious legs to move again!” She said her other daughter, Jayleigh, 9, has “some pretty serious injuries, but is stable and resting” while the couple’s other child Gannon is waiting for them at home.
A Friday (January 20) Update relayed through two representatives of a local non-profit that is working with the Pugh family said Gracie regained feeling in her lower extremities and was able to get into a wheelchair several times to get out of bed. She is also off her IV delivering medications and will be receiving them more traditionally from here on out.
The Pughs’ nine-year-old daughter, JJ, will get her feeding tube out Saturday so she can begin eating regular food again. She was fitted for her back brace Friday and was able to get into a wheelchair for an hour as her recovery continues.
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