On Tuesday night, it was reported that Jamin “Jay Briscoe” Pugh had tragically passed away at the age of 38 following a car accident in Laurel, Delaware. The fatal collision occurred around 5:30 PM EST.
A report from ABC affiliate WMDT in Delaware confirms that there were two fatalities, with one of them being Jay Briscoe. The other fatality is believed to be the driver of the second vehicle.
The Shore News Beacon is reporting that “four patients were trapped” in the fatal accident. They also confirmed that there were two fatalities, with “two critical patients.” One of the patients was referred to as “pediatric.”
While we can not confirm some reports that Jay’s children were in the car at the time of the crash, it has been revealed that Mark Briscoe was not in the car with his brother.
While rumors continue to swirl, we are going to await confirmation from local police before posting additional information here on eWn.
It should also be noted that the Laurel School District, where Jay Briscoe’s daughters attend school, will be closed tomorrow. They wrote,
“Due to an unthinkable tragedy in our community this evening, The Laurel School District will be closed for tomorrow, Wednesday January 18, 2023. Schools will be reopen on Thursday. Please keep the Pugh Family in your thoughts and prayers.”
We send our sincere thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Pugh family during this very difficult time.
ORIGINAL: Tragic news to report this evening as it appears that Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans as Jay Briscoe, has passed away. He was just 38 years old.
Numerous personalities from the pro wrestling world are reacting to the sudden loss. Preliminary reports are that Jay was involved in a car accident in Laurel, Delaware. You can see reactions from the wrestling community below.
Jay was a decorated pro wrestler throughout his career. He won the ROH World Championship twice, and he captured ROH tag team gold alongside his brother Mark thirteen times. The Briscoes were named Tag Team of the Decade by Ring of Honor for the 2010s. They were also the 2021 Tag Team of the Year. In March of 2022, The Briscoes were nominated to the Ring of Honor Hall of Fame.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Jay’s family, friends, and fans.
Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away. Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he was a star in ROH for over 20 years, from the first show until today.
Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH, reigning as champions to this day. We'll do whatever we can to support his family.
Rest In Peace Jamin
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 18, 2023
RIP Jay Briscoe.
There literally was not a kinder man to ever come through our locker room.
May God grant you eternal rest and shine perpetual light upon you.
We pray for his children and the entire Pugh family in this tragic time. pic.twitter.com/Gh5da4dDDZ
— Warrior Wrestling (@WarriorWrstlng) January 18, 2023
Jay was one of a kind.
I traveled often with Jay and Mark. We couldn't have been more different but that's what made our friendship something I'll cherish forever.
He'd give you the shirt off his back, his last dime. He was so proud of his kids. Loved his family so much. https://t.co/NhWZ0rEnJp
— Ian Riccaboni (@IanRiccaboni) January 18, 2023
Gutted, one of the realist & best. Thank you for amazing contributions to wrestling, my thoughts are with Mark, Jay’s Children & wife and that whole family.
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) January 18, 2023
💔 speechless. So many thoughts, so many memories, I don’t know anymore
— SONJAY (@sonjaydutterson) January 18, 2023
I watched The Double Dog collar match 3 times in the 24 hrs after it aired.
I haven’t done that with any other match since I was a kid.
RIP Jay Briscoe
— ANGELS (@Alan_V_Angels) January 18, 2023
Gutted. Rest in paradise, Jay Briscoe.
Thank you for allowing Robert and myself to wrestle you all countless times. Truly one of my favorites. 💔
— Ricky Morton (@RealRickyMorton) January 18, 2023
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