Longtime WWE Referee Dave Hebner’s Death; Unforgettable Legend
With a heavy heart, we have to announce to you some tragic news. Unfortunately, an American referee, professional wrestling authority figure, promoter, and road agent passed away. Dave Hebner’s death was announced by his nephew on June 17, 2022, at the age of 73.
He was born on May 17, 1949, in Richmond, Virginia, the U.S. Hebner began his career as a professional wrestling referee in the late 1970s in the Richmond, Virginia area.
Hebner served as the referee for Randy Savage and Rickey Steamboat’s match at WrestleMania III. Also, he was the referee for the match between Savage and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania V.
In 1986, it was the first time that Hebner began refereeing for the WWE and officiated iconic bouts including the World Heavyweight title fight between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant in 1998.
Alongside twin brother Earl who they had a lot of memories together, he refereed that match with the pair famously confusing Hogan who thought he was seeing double.
Until 2005, after his refereeing career was over Dave Hebner worked backstage for WWE. Because of a knee injury, The icon was later forced to retire but continued to work in wrestling as a road agent before being let go in 2005.
For 43 years, he was married to his wife Rebecca. Also, his twin brother Earl, and his nephew Brian (Earl’s son) are also wrestling referees.
We’re sad to announce to you that two of the most beloved referees in WWE history have passed away this weekend. On June 19, 2022, and only two days after Dave Hebner’s death, former WWE referee and assistant to Andre the Giant Tim White passed away. May both of them rest in peace.
To know more information about Tim White’s cause of death, check the article below:
Former WWE Referee Tim White’s Cause of Death at 68.
Shawn Michaels who is an American retired professional wrestler tweeted about this tragic news and said: ”Both incredible men I was privileged to spend time with in and out of the ring. My thoughts are with their families.”
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The details around Dave Hebner’s death are still unclear. Based on some reports the former referee was suffering from an illness and also had Parkinson’s disease and it has been mentioned that Dave Hebner’s death originated from his illness.
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His nephew, Brian Hebner who also is a wrestling referee that we mentioned, confirmed the news and paid tribute to his uncle. He also sent his condolence and added:
He wrote: “I’m so sad. Just don’t really know what to say. Today we lost one of the good ones…….My uncle David. He was one of the best humans in the world. Thank you all for all the outpouring of messages and support. This is a tough one. I Love You, Uncle David. God got a good one.”
WWE noted one famous moment between Hebner and his brother, Earl Hebner, that took place in 1988 and said:
“Hebner and his brother Earl helped author one of the most memorable moments in WWE history when Andre The Giant and Hogan met on WWE Main Event for the WWE Title in 1988. With Dave locked in a closet, Earl and ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase laid a trap for The Hulkster. As Dave joined Earl in the ring, he had the befuddled Hogan seeing double in disbelief.”
His brother shared his sadness and said that he had to say his last goodbye to his other half, his partner in crime, his road buddy for years, and his brother for 73 years. He added: ”I love you, David, I’ll never count you out,”
”Damn, so sad to hear about Dave Hebner. Probably the best referee of all time and the most-watched referee of all time. He was involved in the aftermath of the Hulk – Andre “Main Event” match that did more viewers than any other in U.S. history”. Raj Giri tweeted.
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