Wrestling Legend Terry Funk Dies Age 79

Hamish Woodward

Former NWA World’s Heavyweight and ECW Champion Terry Funk has passed away, age 79.

The wrestling legend was living in an assisted-living home for the past few years, suffering from the affects of dementia.

Ric Flair announced his death on Threads, posting a touching tribute to him with a series of photos depicting the two men together in their primes.


On his announcement, Ric Flair said:

“In My Entire Life, I’ve Never Met A Guy Who Worked Harder. Terry Funk Was A Great Wrestler, Entertainer, Unbelievably Fearless, And A Great Friend! Rest In Peace My Friend Terry Funk Knowing That No One Will Ever Replace You In The World Of Professional Wrestling!”

Mick Foley also posted a tribute to Terry Funk on his Facebook page, learning of his death from Funk’s daughter.

He called Funk his mentor, and gushed about the wrestling legend, saying “there will never be another like him”.

“I’m struggling to process this — but Terry Funk is gone. I just talked to Terry’s daughter, Brandee, who gave me the awful news. He was my mentor, my idol, and one of my closest friends. He was the greatest wrestler I ever saw.”

“If you get the chance, look up a Terry Funk match or a Terry Funk promo, and give thanks that this incredible man gave so much, for so long, to so many. There will never be another like him. May God bless Terry, his friends, family and all who loved him. RIP my dear friend – it was an honor to know you. #RIPTerryFunk

“I will be writing much more about Terry in the next few days.”

Terry Funk’s cause of death was not revealed, although it is likely due to complications due to dementia.

Terry Funk was known as a legend across the wrestling world. He wrestled between the 1960s and the 2010s, having one of the most legendary careers of all time.

He was known as an outlaw cowboy wrestler in his early career, before transitioning to an extreme icon in later years.

His work with Atsushi Onita in FMW revolutionized deathmatch wrestling in Japan, while he also brought new eyes to ECW in his iconic run in the company.

Funk was known for his endless amount of retirement matches, first hanging up his boots in 1983 – 34 years before his last match.

Terry Funk wrestled his last match in 2017 – click the photo to learn more.

He was a constant presence throughout the history of pro wrestling, providing an incredible link into the past that is now lost forever.

Terry Funk almost made an appearance in AEW, being offered the chance to appear during the second Stadium Stampede match.

Sadly, he missed the call and could not take part, but his legacy in wrestling goes beyond his work in just one company.

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