Bobby Eaton, professional wrestler and member of The Midnight Express, dies aged 62
- Bobby Eaton, a member of The Midnight Express tag team in the 1980s, died at age 62
- His sister Debbie announced his death on Facebook calling him the ‘nicest, loving person you could ever meet’
- Eaton was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019
- His wife Donna Dundee, the daughter of wrestler Bill Dundee, died in June 2021 at the age of 57.
Star tag team wrestler Bobby Eaton has died aged 62.
Eaton was a professional wrestler and member of The Midnight Express tag team in the 1980s, which was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2009.
His death was announced Thursday by his sister Debbie, who called him the “kindest, loving person you could ever meet.”
“I never meant to post this, but my little brother, the beautiful Bobby Eaton, passed away last night,” Debbie wrote on Facebook. “When I know all the details, I’ll post them. Bobby was the nicest, loving person you would ever meet. I loved him so much and will miss him.’
Star tag team wrestler Bobby Eaton has died aged 62
No cause of death was revealed, but numerous sites reported that Eaton was hospitalized in late July after breaking several fingers and injuring his hip in a fall.
Eaton was only 17 years old when he joined NWA Central America, according to WWE.
Just two years later, he took his first championship after joining forces with Leapin’ Lanny Poffo to take home the NWA Mid-America Tag Team titles.
Eaton would later join The Midnight Express tag team, along with Dennis Condrey and later Stan Lane.
Tribute: Wrestling legend Ric Flair paid his respects on Twitter
Both versions of the group would go on to win the Wrestling Observer awards, with Eaton and Condrey in 1986 and Eaton and Lane in 1987 and 1988, according to Illustrated Sports.
Eaton also competed as a singles wrestler and won the World Television Championship on SuperBrawl I after defeating Arn Anderson.
During his career, he received nine tag team titles in the NWA and WCW, according to: USA today.
Eaton was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019.
‘A true master of the trade’: wrestler Nick Aldis extends condolences to all affected by Eaton’s death
The wrestling world mourned Eaton’s loss on social media, where Ric Flair remembered the star he once battled.
‘So sad and sorry to hear about my good friend and one of the greatest, Bobby Eaton! Beautiful Bobby and the Midnight Express were one of the best tag teams in the history of the company! Rest in peace!’ Ric, who defeated Eaton in the 1991 Clash of the Champions XV, tweeted.
Wrestler Nick Aldis tweeted: ‘RIP Beautiful Bobby Eaton. A true master of the trade and an ultimate pro with so much class. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”
The WWE also paid tribute to Eaton on Twitter and expressed their condolences to the wrestler’s loved ones.
WWE is saddened to learn that Bobby Eaton has passed away at the age of 62. WWE extends its condolences to Eaton’s family, friends and fans,” the organization tweeted.
Eaton was married to Donna Dundee, the daughter of wrestler Bill Dundee. Donna died in June 2021 at the age of 57.