- Virgil, whose real name was Michael Jones, is best remembered for his time as a wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment during the 1980s and 1990s.
Former WWE superstar Virgil has died at the age of 61, weeks after it was widely reported that he suffered “several strokes”, a company spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com.
Virgil, whose real name was Michael Jones, is best remembered for his time as a wrestler in World Wrestling Entertainment during the 1980s and 1990s.
According to referee Mark Charles III, who was the first to break the news of his sad death, Virgil passed away peacefully in a hospital on Wednesday. In 2022, the star was diagnosed with dementia and suffered two strokes.
He started in the company as the bodyguard of one of the company’s ultimate villains, The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase.
However, in 1991 he sensationally turned on his on-screen boss and became a good guy, defeating DiBiase at that year’s Wrestlemania and Summerslam pay-per-views.
He failed to capitalize on that success and spent the rest of his time in WWE as a runner or enhancement talent before jumping, like many of his colleagues, to World Championship Wrestling in the mid-1990s.
Virgil photographed during his heyday as The Million Dollar Man’s bodyguard during the wrestling boom of the 1980s.
While in WCW, Virgil changed his name to Vincent, a nod to WWE owner Vince McMahon.
He joined the Heel group New World Order led by his former WWE star, Hulk Hogan. Virgil remained with the company until mid-2000, when injuries forced his retirement from the ring.
Since then, he has been a staple on the wrestling exhibition circuit.
His death comes one day after the passing of wrestling legend and Four Horsemen founder Ole Anderson.