WRESTLING legend Butch Reed has passed away aged 66, it has been confirmed.
‘The Natural’ suffered two heart attacks this year, and died of further complications.
WWE, AEW and several retired wrestlers confirmed the sad news on social media.
American Reed was beloved for his stint with the WWF in the 1980s.
He targeted Ricky Steamboat to become new Intercontinental champion in 1987, before departing for NWA’s Jim Crockett Promotions.
Now known as ‘Hacksaw’ Butch Reed, he reached a new set of fans – and alongside Ron Simmons as part of Doom, took on the likes of Ric Flair and Arn Anderson at the 1990 WCW Halloween Havoc pay-per-view event.
Confirming the star’s passing, a message on his Instagram account read: “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 gods.
“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.
The American suffered heart problems later in life[/caption]
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“God bless everyone and god bless in heaven “Hacksaw Butch Reed”.”
Fans flocked to pay tribute, with one writing: “Rest in Power Legend.”
Another added: “Oh no. Godspeed. for the family”.
While a third commented: “Damn! I loved watching Butch Reed and Doom is one of my all-time favorite tag teams. We lost a great wrestler today. RIP”.