WWE legend Thomas Billington, known as “The Dynamite Kid”, has passed away on his 60th birthday.
The exact cause of death remains unknown but the Lancashire-born icon had been battling a number of health issues for years.
New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar Will Ospreay paid tribute to the icon on Twitter this morning after learning of his death.
Along with a picture of Billington in his pomp, he posted:
“I heard news that Tommy Billington also know as the Dynamite Kid has passed away. Thank you for all the work you’ve done for our country and inspiring so many wrestlers to take a chance on themselves. RIP Dynamite Kid.”
“It’s with great sadness I have to inform you all that the Dynamite Kid Tommy Billington on his birthday passed away. A true British ambassador for wrestling worldwide. RIP ‘Kid’. Condolences to Mark and his family.”
Dynamite Kid rose to worldwide stardom in the 80s along with cousin and tag partner “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. The duo captured the WWE Tag Team titles company’s tag-team gold before going their separate ways in 1988.
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