On the evening of Fri., May 14, we learned that Jerome ‘New Jack’ Young had died. The controversial wrestling legend was 58 year old.
Most knew him from his ECW run, which included the “Mass Transit Incident” documented by Dark Side of the Ring, where New Jack bladed 17 year old newcomer Eric “Mass Transit” Kulas at a house show, resulting in Kulas’s hospitalization, and aggravated assault charges against New Jack he was acquitted of. But New Jack continued wrestling in TNA, CZW, and throughout the independent circuit almost non-stop from the close of ECW through his death.
Everywhere he went he brought his unmatched microphone game - and more than a hint of dangerous authenticity. He left a lasting impression on the business, and many of the wrestlers and companies he worked with throughout his 25 years in the game are remembering him online.
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) May 15, 2021
I take a look at my life, and realize there's nothin' left
'Cause I've been blastin' and laughin' so long
That even my momma thinks that my mind is gone
RIP Jack ... pic.twitter.com/L2c367B003
Fearless and passionate performer. My condolences & prayers to the family of New Jack. #RIPNewJack— taz (@OfficialTAZ) May 15, 2021
New Jack was always good to me. He told me that since Jack Victory liked me, he’d put up with me.— CORINO (@StevenCorino) May 14, 2021
We used to do these crazy 8-mans in ECW. Jack would always be last and I’d get goosebumps when that music hit. Then pray I wasn’t getting the crutch that night! Thank you Jack.
Absolutely GUTTED. You were a friend. You were a brother. You were a true outlaw. You looked out for me. You protected me. I love you Jerome. Rest In Peace New Jack! Thanks for being real with me.... pic.twitter.com/TRJ1Jn5Z5h— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) May 15, 2021
Just landed in Baltimore and heard the news of new jack. I just seen him at the airport last Sunday walking with his face mask that said new jack and he stopped and we chatted for about 45 mins. Never take a day for granted— The Cowboy (@JamesStormBrand) May 14, 2021
I’ve shared a few locker rooms with New Jack. He was always so cool and respectful to me. You have no idea how grateful I was for that!! Truly saddened to hear of his passing. Sending his family, friends, all his loved ones so much of my prayers, love, & strength. #RIPNewJack— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) May 15, 2021
Man, New Jack was always good to me and helped me out a ton. Being around him early in my care so much definitely kept things interesting. Rest easy you Natural Born Killa— Jimmy Rave (@TheJimmyRave) May 15, 2021
I didn’t share a ton of locker rooms with New Jack, but when I did it was never dull. I’ll always remember the first time I met him in CA. Let’s just say it was… eventful. Rest well, Jack. Godspeed.— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) May 15, 2021
NEW JACK BUBBA YOU PARTY A TO THE Z AND FOREVER YOU MAKE ME LAUGH. I CANT BELIEVE YOU GONE BUBBA DAMN— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) May 14, 2021
Dax and I were just talking this week about how good he was when he spoke. RIP New Jack. pic.twitter.com/9GUdo2WisO— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) May 14, 2021
WWE is saddened to learn that Jerome Young, known in ECW as New Jack, passed away today at the age of 58.— WWE (@WWE) May 15, 2021
WWE extends its condolences to Young’s family and friends. https://t.co/9ESCVALGDe
RIP New Jack— Dark Side of the Ring (@DarkSideOfRing) May 15, 2021
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to tell your story. Our deepest condolences to his friends & family pic.twitter.com/iirOdvLZNa
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of ECW Legend “New Jack” Jerome Young. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/LMHYG0T6Mv— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 15, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerome "New Jack" Young. We offer our sincerest condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/5Qc0kO1hVx— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 14, 2021
RIP New Jack— ⛓ ICW: No Holds Barred ⛓ (@ICWNHB) May 14, 2021
NATURAL BORN KILLA
Thank you for all you’ve done for professional wrestling and ICW. The memories you’ve created will last forever. pic.twitter.com/KNO4LUOcR1
Thanks for the memories, New Jack. Our thoughts are with his wife Jennifer, and everyone missing Jerome Young today.