Virgil, former WWE wrestling star, passes away at 61

Michael Jones, who was better known as Virgil in the WWE, died at the age of 61. Mark Charles III, a professional wrestling referee, first broke the news on Facebook.

Charles wrote, “It is with great sorrow that I bring news from the Jones family of the passing of our beloved Michael Jones, whom we know and loved as Virgil, Vincent, Soul Train Jones and more.” He added, Virgil passed peacefully at the hospital this morning and I ask that you pray for him and for his family. May his memory be eternal!”

“This is to confirm the sad news about our beloved Meatsauce God and Wrestling Superstar Virgil/Michael Jones has passed away,” the Instagram post of Jones’ official account read. “There is so much to say here and would love to share stories but for now it’s a rough day as our friend is gone.”

Michael Jones’ official Instagram account reads, “This is to confirm the sad news about our beloved Meatsauce God and Wrestling Superstar Virgil/Michael Jones has passed away.” The statement further added,  “There is so much to say here and would love to share stories but for now it’s a rough day as our friend is gone.”

“We would only ask at this time to remember him as the man that he was,” the post continued. “Wishing him all the unlimited pasta in heaven. We love you Mike.”

Following a conversation with Tony Atlas, Jones started his journey and trained with WWE Hall of Famer Afa of The Wild Samoans. Following his early success as Soul Train Jones in the regional scene, when he won a tag team championship with Rocky Johnson, the father of The Rock, Jones found his home in WWE as Virgil.

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