The wrestling world is mourning the tragic death of Melissa Coates - known as ‘Super Genie’ during her time in ECW and WWE.
A former bodybuilder, actress, wrestler and manager of ECW legend Sabu, Coates died this week at age 50.
No cause of death has been released.
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A friend of Coates wrote on Facebook on Wednesday: “This may be the hardest post I have ever made…
"Just got word from Terry ‘Sabu’ Brunk that Super Genie Melissa Coates has passed away this afternoon..
“I also have spoken to her brother, JR Coates and niece, Cassi. They told me to post this sad news…
“Sabu will not be taking calls and please respect their privacy at this time. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.”
Sabu retweeted a post referencing Coates’ death.
The Cauliflower Alley Club – a non-profit organisation that looks after retired pro wrestlers – also confirmed the tragic news.
“Everyone here at the CAC is deeply saddened to hear the news that Super Genie Melissa Coates has passed away," they wrote.
“We send out our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans.
"May they find comfort in the memories left behind during this most difficult time. R.I.P. Melissa.”
Coates had her left leg amputated last October due to blood clots.
Wrestling world mourns death of Melissa Coates
Tributes have been pouring in from around the wrestling world.
"I’m very sorry to learn of the passing of Melissa Coates. She was always so kind on the many occasions I saw her," tweeted Mick Foley.
Bailey wrote: "I had my very first match against Melissa Coates. There’s always a forever connection when you share the ring with someone and I’m honoured to have that with her.
“Thank you for being so sweet, helpful and busting my brace face open. I’ll truly never forget you.”
Lance Storm tweeted: “Saddened to hear of Melissa Coates’ passing tonight. I didn’t know her that well, but I worked with her some during my time in OVW.
“Coates (that’s what we called her. Never Melissa) wasn’t under WWE contract then but I trained with her a few times and she was at all the shows.
“Coates was always super nice and friendly and on the occasion when we’d see each other at a signing or convention we were always happy to see each other again. RIP Melissa Coates.”
While Beth Phoenix wrote: “I’m heartbroken to have learned of the passing of Melissa Coates.
"She was a funny, kind and gentle soul. My condolences to her family and loved ones.”
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