The wrestling world is mourning the tragic death of former professional star Jimmy Rave.
Rave died this week at the age of 39 after recently having both legs amputated because of the MRSA infection.
Rave, whose real name was James Michael Guffey, started his professional career in 1999.
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He was a two-time National Wresting Alliance (NWA) junior heavyweight champ, while also appearing in Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling and Ring of Honour.
He also featured in the WWE-produced “Sunday Night Heat”.
After his professional career came to an end he had to have his arm amputated, before losing both legs earlier this year.
“James had been struggling with drug addiction for many years,” Rave’s agent Bill Behrens said in a statement.
“His struggles resulted in the amputation of his arm and, later, both of his legs.”
Rave revealed in October that he was having trouble walking and visited a surgeon.
“He determined I had MRSA in both legs and they needed to be amputated immediately,” he tweeted.
“Promoters can tell you along with my peers, I’ve had a history with this and would cancel shows often due to this condition.”
Rave had earlier revealed that his career was over after an infection was found in his left arm.
“This was the hardest thing I have ever had to type,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Please take your health much more seriously than I did. Support pro wrestling!”
— Kailah Guffey (@kailahguffeyy) December 14, 2021
Wrestling world in shock over Jimmy Rave's death
News of his death has sent shockwaves through the wrestling community.
“This really hurts,” WWE legend Mick Foley tweeted. “He was only 39.”
Matt Hardy wrote: "I wasn’t close with Jimmy Rave, but I was able to work with him on a few occasions.
"He was a kind, bright, talented young man. I’m very sad to hear about his death, especially considering he was so young & had a wife & children.
"I hope your soul finds peace, Jimmy."
The NWA said: “The NWA is saddened to hear of the passing of former Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Rave.
“Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this time.”
I wasn’t close with Jimmy Rave, but I was able to work with him on a few occasions. He was a kind, bright, talented young man. I’m very sad to hear about his death, especially considering he was so young & had a wife & children. I hope your soul finds peace, Jimmy. pic.twitter.com/sCx7luwz2J
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) December 14, 2021
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) December 13, 2021
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 13, 2021
Jimmy Rave‼️‼️‼️We will miss you old friend... pic.twitter.com/KqDzV9coGp
— Prince Nana (@PrinceKingNana) December 13, 2021
Dammit…RIP Jimmy Rave. I’m glad we shared a ring as many time as we did. I’m glad we got the chance to know each other over 18 years ago. I’m glad we were friends. I’m glad that I knew you, and I will miss you. Godspeed my friend.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) December 13, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of James Guffey, otherwise known as Jimmy Rave. We offer our sincere condolences to his family & friends during this difficult time. Rave made his IMPACT debut in 2002 during The Asylum Years & became a mainstay of the X-Division. pic.twitter.com/43JId8rXuw
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 13, 2021
Rave's daughter has launched a fundraising effort to pay for his funeral.
“The last time I talked to him, he told me how much he loved me and how he was so proud of me for following my dreams to become a teacher,” she wrote on social media.
“I’m so thankful that I was able to have that as our last conversation.”
Rave is survived by his ex-wife, daughter Kailah, son James and parents Jim and Toni Guffey.
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