Jimmy Rave, who had both his legs amputated just months ago, has died, aged 39, according to reports.
The American wrestler, whose real name is James Guffey, suffered from a long battle with his health which ultimately forced him to retire from the ring in November 2020.
It’s believed that as well as having his legs amputated, he had previously lost his left arm. Prior to his death, he also contracted MRSA and Covid. However, his cause of death hasn’t been confirmed at this time.
The tragic news was announced on Twitter by the wrestler’s daughter, Kailah, and his friend, Bill Behrens.
The latter penned: “James Michael Guffey has died at the age of 39.
“James was best known as Professional Wrestler, Jimmy Rave. His career, which started in 1999, continued for over two decades.”
It continued: “Outside of wrestling he held the position of Director of the Bartow County, Georgia Peer Support, Wellness and Respite Centre for several years.
“Jimmy had been struggling with drug addiction for many years. His struggles resulted in the amputation of his arm, and, later, both of his legs.
“James is survived by his ex-wife Felicia, daughter Kailah, son James II, and parents Jim and Toni Guffey.”
Before passing away, Rave took to social media himself and opened up about his health struggles.
He wrote: “Apparently it’s time for me to come clean.
“This past June I began having trouble walking and went to my surgeon.
“He determined I had MRSA in both legs and they needed to be amputated immediately. Promoters can tell you along with my peers, I’ve had a history with this and would cancel shows often due to this condition.
“I don’t know where rumours started this was due to something else.”
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