Wrestling Legend Bobby Eaton, demised at 62
Bobby Eaton, the legendary professional wrestler who played in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and was famous for his tag-team partnerships, has died at the age of 62.
A FALLEN LEGEND
According to an announcement made by Eaton’s sister and the WWE on Thursday, the wrestler had died earlier that day, but the reason for the death has not yet been released in public.
Eaton, 62, was hospitalized in late July after suffering a broken hip and fractured fingers after he had taken a fall. Being released from the hospital, he was resting at his home under the care of his close ones.
Bobby’s sister, Debbie Eaton Lewis, confirmed the news of her brother’s demise on Facebook, making a post saying that her “little brother beautiful Bobby Eaton passed away last night” and that he “was the kindest, loving person you would ever meet.”
GLORY IN WCW
Finding fame and glory as a member of the tag-team Midnight Express in which he teamed up with Dennis Condrey and Stan Lee, Bobby Eaton was regarded as one of the legends of the wrestling sports.
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The Midnight Express was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2009, and, for his contributions to the game and the entire industry, Eaton was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019. In a career that spanned over four decades, Bobby Eaton won nine tag-team championship titles in the World Championship Wrestling and the National Wrestling Alliance.
CONDOLENCES POUR IN
Several wrestling stars expressed their condolence on Bobby’s death, and the entire wrestling community felt a collective pain when they found out that a veteran figure of the game had passed away, marking the end of an era.
“Bobby Eaton is a man with a professional reputation you aspire to build & a person reputation you hop those you care for have about you,” tweeted Samoa Joe, an American professional wrestler. “A MASTER of our craft and one of the nicest men I’ve had the pleasure to meet. My condolences to his family, my gratitude for the memories.”
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AN UNTIMELY DEMISE
Eaton’s death comes at a tragic time for him and his family, as his wife Donna Dundee, too, had passed away recently a month ago at the age of 57. Donna, the daughter of professional wrestler Bill Dundee, was married to Eaton, and the couple has three children together.
“So Sad And Sorry To Hear About My Close Friend And One Of The All-Time Greats, Bobby Eaton! Beautiful Bobby And The Midnight Express Were One Of The Greatest Tag Teams In The History Of The Business! Rest In Peace!,” WWE superstar (nature boy) Ric Flair tweeted.
The National Wrestling Alliance too expressed its grief via Twitter, saying, “The National Wrestling Alliance is Saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton. We send our love to his friends and family. His impact & legacy will always be remembered. #NWAFam”
Bobby Eaton is survived by his three children. Their son, Dylan, has been carrying on the family legacy by taking up professional wrestling as his career.