After a long and distinguished career in the ring, Jay Briscoe, a Jacksonville native, and legend in the Ring of Honor promotion has left us. He was 38.
The Delaware State Police said that Briscoe, whose real name was Jamin Pugh, and another person were murdered on Tuesday after a woman driving a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 went into Briscoe’s lane and crashed with his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. There was no apparent indication of why the woman had made the lane change.
The body of 27-year-old Lillyanne Ternahan was found, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital. Briscoe, who according to them was not wearing a seatbelt, was also killed. According to the police, his two children, ages 12 and 9, were in the truck with him when it crashed. They are both in severe condition at a nearby hospital.
Authorities have not yet determined whether or whether alcohol played a role in the fatal crash. The cause of the accident is yet unknown.
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and Ring of Honor CEO Tony Khan confirmed the tragic news on Twitter on Tuesday night.
“Tragically, Jamin Pugh has died away. Fans know him by his ring name, Jay Briscoe, and he has been a constant in ROH since the company’s founding. His words were the ones that were written down. The two brothers, Jay and Mark, have maintained their reign as ROH champions. We’ll do everything in our power to support his family. God bless you, Jamin.”
Pugh and his brother Mark, as the tag team Dem Boys, won a record 12 ROH World Tag Team titles.
In addition, Ring of Honor has made a public statement.
“In the wake of the tragic loss of Jamin Pugh, better known as Jay Briscoe in the wrestling world, the entire industry is mourning. In this time of loss, our thoughts and prayers are with all of his loved ones, both near and far “The article made perfect sense after I read it.
Brisco’s wife, Ashley Pugh, posted a tragic status update to Facebook on Wednesday morning.
“We must now pray. Gracie’s spinal operation has begun. She wrote a piece, and if Jamin could have everyone in the world pray for his daughter, he would. Our firm belief in the efficacy of prayer is grounded in experience. Think of and pray for those who are helping to heal her—wishing that her frail legs would soon begin functioning normally again! Kayleigh has been severely injured, but she is currently stable and resting. I trust that Gannon and his family are doing well. Please remember us in your prayers for strength and stamina. However, we still have a very long way to go.”