UK independent wrestler Ryan Smile has passed away.
The news was first revealed by Damien Dunne (brother of NXT star Pete Dunne) on Facebook.
“It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone that Ryan Smile passed away yesterday after losing his battle with mental health. This is a truly terrible loss of a larger than life character who brightened every room he was in with his passion, energy & humour. Please respect the privacy of Alice & her family at this time.”
Smile was a mainstay on the UK independent scene, known for his work with OTT, RevPro, and and ATTACK!.
Several members of the UK wrestling scene have issued statements on his passing.
Rest in Peace Ryan, thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/tEdQ2FrgzP
— Pete Dunne (@PeteDunneYxB) October 14, 2020
RIP Ryan Smile
So undeniably talented, such a major part of the early days of OTT, such a help to me in the beginning of my career and was a joy to be around. I hope you are at peace now ♥️ pic.twitter.com/jvdMI6P9i2
— Session Moth Martina🍻 マーティナセッション (@mothfromdaflats) October 14, 2020
Our team is devastated to learn of the loss of Ryan Smile. His talent and contribution set the standard for what British/Irish wrestling was to become.
A tragic loss
— OTT WRESTLING (@OTT_wrestling) October 14, 2020
We offer our condolences to Ryan’s family and friends.
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