Elix Skipper Comments On Quitting Wrestling Over His Son’s Death


Elix Skipper wrestled his last televised match in April 2008 following which he was released from his TNA contract. Skipper’s sudden retirement from professional wrestling at the age of 41 can be attributed to the accidental death of his 22-year-old son, Lemarcus Skipper, who was killed on April 29, 2009, by a gunman who invaded his house.

While speaking during a signing video for K&S WrestleFest, Skipper reflected on retiring from the squared circle over the loss of his son. The four-time NWA World Tag Team Champion said,


“Let me be honest with you. I had an older son who was shot and killed. Once he was killed, I came back to wrestling, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore. The scary part is, I love wrestling, but family comes first. When he was killed, I was scared that I would be on the road again and something else was going to happen. I made a choice between the wrestling that I love and the family that I love. Obviously, my family won. I try not to do no interviews or anything because if you keep doing the little things, next thing you know, you’re back on TV or back doing something. I just want to spend my time with my family. Now, so many years later, my wife was saying, ‘Get out there, do some more stuff.’ She is the one pushing me.”

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