Yesterday, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. shared the news that his father had died shortly after learning he had liver cancer. Our original post on Chavo Classic’s passing included a couple reactions. WWE and many others have expressed condolences and shared memories since.
WWE is saddened to learn that Chavo Guerrero Sr., the legendary wrestler, brother of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero and father of Chavo Guerrero, Jr., passed away Saturday at age 68.
His death was first announced on Instagram by his son, former WWE Superstar Chavo Guerrero Jr.
“Today the world lost a true rebel,” Guerrero Jr. wrote on Instagram. “He did things “HIS” way. Not always right, not always wrong, but He always followed what he believed in. He was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in early January of this year.”
Chavo Classic, as the elder Guerrero came to be known in the WWE Universe, was born Salvador Guerrero III on Jan. 7, 1949, in El Paso, Texas. He was the oldest of six children in a family that’s synonymous with sports-entertainment — from the early efforts of his father, Gory Guerrero, to the later success of his brothers, including Mando, Hector and Eddie.
His exploits made him a household name around the world and especially in the NWA Hollywood Wrestling territory, where he was a celebrated 15-time champion and a longtime rival of WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
In 2004, Chavo Classic formally introduced himself to the WWE Universe, landing right in the middle of an ongoing rivalry between brother Eddie and son Chavo Jr. Chavo Classic made WWE history that same year by becoming the oldest Superstar to win the original Cruiserweight Championship.
WWE extends its condolences to Chavo Guerrero Sr.’s family, friends and fans.
RIP Chavo Guerrero Senior...... My Family & I send our condolences to the Guerrero Family & may the Lord give you the strength to overcome your loss! We Love you all very much & Feel privileged to have shared the ring with him on many occasions, last year being the most recent one in Lucha Underground & this CW Title match back in WWE! #ChavoClassic #CWchampion #Legend #GuerreroFamily #arribalaRaza #Respect #WeWillMissU
Chavo Sr. was one of a kind. He did things his own way & entertained fans for 20+ years. My thoughts are with the entire Guerrero family. pic.twitter.com/fn1bk6WXLF— Triple H (@TripleH) February 11, 2017
Prayers and sympathies to @mexwarrior and the entire Guerrero family on the passing of Chavo Sr. #RIPChavo ❤️— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) February 11, 2017
GOD BLESS THE CHAVO GUERRERO SR AND HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. REST IN PEACE BROTHER I LOVE YOU— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 11, 2017
Very sorry to hear of the loss of Chavo Guerrero Sr. I took great pride in having worked with Chavo, Mando & Hector. https://t.co/HLjmm9dzWj— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) February 11, 2017
Very saddened to hear of my friend Chavo Guerrero Sr's passing today.My condolences and best wishes to Chavo Jr and all the Guerrero family— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) February 11, 2017
The 1st match I ever taped on my VCR was Guerrero Brothers vs Rock n Roll Express— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) February 11, 2017
Saw Chavo sr wrestle so many times
His legacy#CLASSIC pic.twitter.com/imiArGYuLK
RIP Chavo Guerrero Sr. I know Roddy Piper will welcome you at the gates! #ProWrestling— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) February 11, 2017
RIP papi #ChavoGuerrero ... pic.twitter.com/4VJ0cjIxC6— TAJIRI (@TajiriBuzzsaw) February 11, 2017
My heart & condolences to the entire Guerrero family on the passing of Chavo Guerrero Sr. A one of a kind person who was a pleasure to know— The Destroyer (@SamoaJoe) February 11, 2017
Very sorry to hear legend Chavo Guerrero Sr. passing - God bless the Guerrero family during this time. Stay strong @mexwarrior @Lazortron— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) February 11, 2017
My greatest compliment-— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) February 11, 2017
visiting with Chavo Sr before Eddie's funeral-he said "today you are a Guerrero". Loved that man! RIP ChavoClassic
I'm so sad to hear that Chavo Guerrero Sr. has died. Many great memories, both in & out of the ring. RIP my friend. Praying for the family. pic.twitter.com/16ntNeV0sd— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) February 11, 2017
R.I.P :-( https://t.co/t6LIf2WSEH— notorious SB (@SashaBanksWWE) February 11, 2017
Gracias x abrir las de la #LuchaLibre para todos los #Latinos en este Pais y el mundo Admirado y querido x todos! #RIPChavoGuerrero @WWE pic.twitter.com/0xhjpjkaOX— Sin Cara (@SinCaraWWE) February 11, 2017
I never had the chance to meet Chavo Sr but I know the words said about him by my adopted/extended family and my prayers are with them all.— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) February 12, 2017
My thoughts are with Chavo jnr and family. RIP Chavo Guerrero snr— Robby Brookside (@RobbyBrookside) February 11, 2017
Saddened by the passing of #ChavoGuerrero. "Classic" helped me a ton when we were both working 'corporate', always had me laughing— London...Paul London (@LondonFu) February 11, 2017
Thoughts are with @mexwarrior and all of the Guerrero family. A highflier before the term highflier. RIP #ChavoGuerrero— Billy Kidman (@WWEKidman) February 12, 2017