“The Patriot” Del Wilkes’ Cause of Death Brings Tears to Fans
Veteran pro wrestler “The Patriot” Del Wilkes’ cause of death has brought many tears to fans around the world. May he rest in peace.
Del Wilkes, former professional wrestler and college football player, better known by his ring names, The Patriot and The Trooper, died away earlier today ( July 1, 2021). He was 59 years old.
Family friend, Pal Allen Wright Adkins, announced the shocking news on social media on Thursday night. “At the request of his family, it’s with a devastated heart that I let you know Heaven gained one of the most special men I’ve ever had the honor to know today,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Del Wilkes, I’ve loved you for 40 years and always will. Rest in peace, my dear friend… you’ll be missed more than you could ever know,” he added.
WWE also confirmed the heartbreaking news, saying: “A Superstar quickly on the rise, The Patriot proudly donned the red, white and blue of America in the midst of a rivalry with The Hart Foundation, leading to a memorable match against Bret Hart for the WWE Championship at In Your House: Ground Zero just two months after his WWE debut.”
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Fans Searching for “The Patriot” Del Wilkes’ Cause of Death
While many fans are searching for Del Wilkes’ cause of death, it has been announced that the legendary Wilkes died from a massive heart attack.
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Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the heartbreaking loss of the WWE icon. It is really a difficult time for Wilkes’s family and fans, and we ask you all to keep Wilkes, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.
Del Wilkes, who was born on December 21, 1961, in Columbia, South Carolina, made his debut in wrestling back in 1988. He had run with WWE, AWA, WCW, promotions in Japan, and more.
“When I was a kid, there were two things, football and pro wrestling, that occupied my every waking thought,” Wilkes once said.
Wilkes, who played College Football at South Carolina from 1980–84, is a former AWA World Tag Team Champion and a former two-time WCW World Tag Team Champion.
In his last wrestling wrestled for WWE in October 1997, The Patriot lost to WWE Hall of Famer Jim Neidhart on Shotgun Saturday Night. Wilkes was released in early 1998.
After he left WWE due to a triceps injury, he had worked as a car salesman in Columbia, South Carolina. He also hosted a podcast named “Unmasking the Truth” on the WWAB Podcast Network.
Reactions to Del Wilkes’ Death
After the heartbreaking news of Del Wilkes’ death was revealed, many of his friends and fans expressed their deepest sadness on social media by posting their touching tributes.
Andy McDaniel, who hosted the “Unmasking the Truth” podcast with Wilkes, said: “Del Wilkes would become a name that those in college football knew quite well. He would make his name familiar in the world of pro wrestling as well.
“However, regardless of the accolades or fame he may have achieved, to me, he was best known as a friend. Del overcame his struggles in this life and became an inspiration to many. Our loss is Heaven’s gain,” McDaniel added.
“Very sad to hear the passing of the Patriot Del Wilkes. Nothing but fond memories working with him in WCW. My thoughts are with his family and numerous fans. Thank you for the memories,” Marc Mero wrote on Twitter.
“The wrestling world is once again met with tragic news as the man known as “The Patriot” Del Wilkes has passed away at the age of 59. We send out our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans the world over,” Cauliflower Alley Club tweeted.