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GoFundMe funeral appeal for former WWF wrestling superstar

By Diaspora Insurance News & Agencies


A GOFUNDME appeal was launched by family and friends to help finance the funeral of former WWF wrestling superstar ‘Virgil’ who died last month after “suffering several strokes”.

Virgil, whose real name was Michael Jones, was reported to have died peacefully on February 28 aged 72 at a hospital in the United States with his family around him.

Jones was best known for his work in the World Wresting Federation (WWF) during the 1980s and 1990s.

However, according to friend and wrestling referee Mark Charles III (known professionally as The Count), Jones did not have insurance and the family had to bear the funeral expenses.

“On February 28, 2024, the world lost our favourite WWE bodyguard, Virgil, after a long and difficult health struggle,” wrote Mark Charkes 111 on the GoFundMe appeal which sought to raise US$16,000.

“Unfortunately, Virgil passed without being covered by life insurance, and the Jones family is asking for financial help to put him to his final rest. The bill is due on March 11, 2024, so if you’d like to donate, Virgil’s family will be forever grateful.

“Whether you were an 80s WWF kid at heart or you’re nWo 4 LIFE, whether you loved him best as Virgil, Vincent, or even Soul Train Jones, let’s send him off with the hero’s farewell he deserves.

“This fundraiser is organized by Mark Charles III on behalf of Michael Jones’ sister, Toni Jones, and her family.”

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Jones worked for what is now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for a number of years.

Jones, who was born in the US state of Pennsylvania, started wrestling professionally in the mid-1980s under the name Soul Train Jones.

He debuted with the WWF, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), in 1986 and rebranded himself as Lucius Brown, which was later changed to Virgil.

This persona as the bodyguard for Ted DiBiase, known as The Million Dollar Man, launched him into fame and lasted several years.

Jones left the WWE in 1994 and worked for two years on the smaller independent circuit before joining the now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the persona Vincent.

He briefly reinvented himself as Curly Bill for the wrestling outfit the West Texas Rednecks before leaving the WCW in 2000 when he retired due to injury.

Jones continued to make independent appearances as his various personas before his health began to deteriorate.

In 2022, he revealed that he had dementia and colon cancer. He also suffered a number of strokes.

Fundraising pages had been set up online to help pay for Jones’s medical bills and, later, to pay for expenses including clothes and toiletries.

Among those to pay tribute to him following news of his death on Wednesday were WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

“Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Virgil,” he wrote on X.

“Rest in peace, my friend.”

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