Legendary wrestling announcer Don West loses battle with cancer

Professional wrestling fans were left in mourning late last week when they learned that legendary announcer Don West had passed away at the age of 59.

West’s death from cancer was publicly confirmed on Friday by his longtime friend and fellow wrestling announcer Mike Tenay.

Announcer “finally had to tap out from his match with lymphoma”

“Just heard from wife Terri that our brother [Don West] will be spending New Years in heaven,” Tenay declared in a tweet.

“Terri said D-Dub finally had to tap out from his match with lymphoma,” Tenay continued, adding, “We bonded as soon as we met, both as broadcast partners and friends. Years of great moments both on and off camera.”

Tenay had earlier expressed gratitude over getting an opportunity to spend time with West and his wife prior to Christmas.

West remembered as “a man who made a true impact”

Other tributes to West quickly appear on social media, with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) tweeting that it “joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of Don West.”

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) addressed West’s passing as well, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the wrestling community.”

Meanwhile, World Wrestling Entertainment (WW) announcer Michael Cole told fans that he wished to offer his “condolences here tonight to wrestling commentator Don West’s family.”

“Don passed away earlier today,” Cole continued before describing his fallen colleague as “a man who made a true impact on the wrestling business.”