- Mark ‘Rollerball’ had a very successful boxing career in the 70s and 80s
- He was once a three-time World Heavy Middleweight champion
- He has died at the age of 69 and WWE stars have continued to pay tributes
Mark ‘Rollerball’ Rocco who starred in the 70s and 80s and is well known in the wrestling circle has died at the age of 69 according to multiple sources, as cited on UK outlet SunSport.
WWE stars have continued to send in their tributes to the British legend who was a regular at ITV’s flagship wrestling programme and was the original masked Black Tiger in NJPW.
Many describe 'Rollerball' as a legend and one of the greatest to have had the opportunity to entertain the world from inside the rings.
The late star was a three-time World Heavy Middleweight Champion and held both the British Heavy Middleweight and Light Middleweight titles.
It was gathered that he also had a stint in New Japan Pro Wrestling and wrestled as the original Black Tiger where he lifted the now-defunct WWF Junior Heavyweight strap.
William Regal wrote: "I’ve woken to the terrible news that my friend and colleague Mark 'Rollerball' Rocco has passed away.
"Becoming a friend and getting to wrestle Mark at 18 was a dream come true. Mark had an unbelievable work ethic in and out of the ring and my life was better for knowing him.
"There aren’t enough words for me to explain how much it means to me to be fortunate enough to have known him, wrestled him and explain how much he meant."
NXT UK star Flash Morgan Webster tweeted: "Just heard about the passing of Mark Rocco. 'Rollerball' was without a doubt one of the very best to lace up a pair of boots."
Only recently, Legit.ng reported that the entire wrestling fraternities in the world was thrown into deep mourning following the untimely death of 39-year-old former American wrestler, Shad Gaspard.
Police and other security agents looked for Shad Gaspard on Sunday, May 17, after he went for a swim in Los Angeles and he failed to return home.
Initially his family members thought that he went to another place after swimming, not knowing that the wrestling star had drowned.
And after hours of not hearing from Gaspard, authorities in charge then began a thorough search for him.
According to a report by UK Mirror, the Los Angeles County Fire Department later announced that they found the body of Gaspard.
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