Former wrestler and Welsh wrestling icon Adrian Street has died. He was 82.
Street’s wife confirmed his death to the BBC, revealing that the Welshman developed sepsis after being hospitalized with a bleed on the brain.
‘He was recovering from that at home when he developed colitis – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease – which later turned into sepsis,’ Linda Street told BBC. ‘That’s what killed him.’
Street had previously been diagnosed and survived throat cancer in 2001, per Wales Online, but Linda shared with the BBC that his recent health battles “all came about so quick.”
“I’ve still not come to terms with it yet,” she added while expressing that she plans to have his ashes scattered near their home in Cwmbran, Wales, and remembering him as “the kindest, most loving man you could ever meet.”
The BBC reports that Street and Linda first met in 1969.
According to the WWE, the former wrestler worked alongside his wife who served as his in-ring manager through different promotions in the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and Canada, before finding a home at the Continental Championship Wrestling promotion in Birmingham, Alabama.
Known for his flamboyant and charismatic in-ring persona, the WWE also celebrated his nearly 60-year-long career as being one that included designing wrestling attire worn by Mick Foley and appearing in the 1981 film Quest for Fire.
After news of his death was made public, famous friends across the world of wrestling paid tribute to Street on social media.