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Tim White, a longtime professional wrestling referee who worked for WWE, has died, the company announced Sunday. He was 68 years old.
White worked for WWE for over 20 years. He began working with Andre the Giant and was a part-time referee when he started in 1985. He was part of some of WWE’s most famous matches in company history, including the match 1998’s Hell in a Cell between The Undertaker and Mankind at the King of the Ring.
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“A shoulder injury effectively ended White’s in-ring career, but White still remained an important part of WWE working behind the scenes as an official and talent agent until 2009,” he said. said WWE.
“WWE sends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.”
WWE stars Shawn Michaels and Big E were among those who paid tribute to the referee.
He is the second WWE referee to have died over the weekend.
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The company announced Saturday the death of Dave Hebner.
Hebner served as a referee for Randy Savage and Rickey Steamboat’s match at WrestleMania III and the match between Savage and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V. WWE also noted a famous moment between Hebner and his brother that took place in 1988.
“Hebner and his brother Earl helped write one of the most memorable moments in WWE history when Andre The Giant and Hogan met at the WWE Main Event for the WWE Title in 1988. With Dave locked in a closet, Earl and ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase set a trap for The Hulkster. As Dave joined Earl in the ring, a confused Hogan saw double in disbelief,” the company said.
Earl Hebner tweeted about Dave’s passing.
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“Yesterday I had to say my last goodbye to my other half, my partner in crime, my companion for years, my brother for 73 years. I love you David, I will never forget you”, has he wrote.