Butch Reed Passes Away Due To Heart Complications
Bruce Reed, better known as wrestling legend Butch Reed has passed away at age 66.
His official Instagram account has confirmed he passed away due to heart complications. Reed recently suffered two heart attacks within the last month.
To everyone who reached out god bless you. Today we lost a great man. Due to heart complications Bruce ‘Butch’ Reed passed away. Butch is in heaven now with the wrestling god’s. I am sure he is already booked for a Heavyweight Championship match. Once again thank you for all the prayers. We will keep this page going in his memory. For funeral arrangements send me a dm for information if you would like to attend. God bless everyone and god bless in heaven “Hacksaw Butch Reed”
Reed is best known for his time as one-half of Doom in alongside WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons. He signed with Jim Crockett Promotions in 1989 after two-years in WWE under the name ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed.
Following his departure from WCW, Reed continued to work the independent scene. He retired from active competition in 2011.
During his storied wrestling career he won a multitude of championships, including the WCW World Tag Team Championship, Mid-South Tag Team Championship and GWF North American Heavyweight Championship.
WWE has issued the following statement on Butch Reed’s passing.
Butch Reed passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that Butch Reed passed away today at the age of 66.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Reed embraced the sport of wrestling after a professional football career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Reed quickly proved himself to be a force in the Mid-South Wrestling promotion in battles against legendary competitors such as Ric Flair, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jim Neidhart and more.
“The Natural” Butch Reed crashed onto the WWE scene with brash blonde hair, and a statement win over Koko B. Ware at WrestleMania III. Reed found himself at the crossroads of history competing in the first-ever Survivor Series and Royal Rumble matches in WWE history.
After a match against “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania IV, Reed departed WWE and would go on to partner with Ron Simmons in WCW as the tag team Doom. Doom would defeat The Steiner Brothers at Capital Combat to claim the NWA Tag Team Titles. Following a highly successful run as WCW World Tag Team Champions, Reed & Simmons would eventually share the ring for a one-on-one Steel Cage Match showdown at SuperBrawl I.
WWE extends its condolences to Reed’s family and friends.
Funeral details have yet to be released to the public. We send our condolences to his friends and family.
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