He was young, he was so active, so people are wondering what happened to him to find out famous wrestler Jimmy Rave’s cause of death since the legend suddenly passed away today (December 14, 2021,) at the age of 39. May he rest in peace.
The heartbreaking death news was confirmed by his daughter, Kailah, and friend Bill Behren announcing in a statement that “James Michael Guffey has died at the age of 39. James was best known as Professional Wrestler, Jimmy Rave. His career, which started in 1999, continued for over 2 decades.”
The late star, who retired in November 2020 after over 20 years in the business, made his name working for Ring of Honor, IMPACT, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Dragon Gate, and Combat Zone Wrestling. The wrestler finally retired in November of 2020 due to a string of health problems.
Jimmy Rave, real name James Guffey, was an American retired professional wrestler. As we mentioned, the beloved wrestler was best known for performing for Ring of Honor (ROH) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Rave wrestled for several pro wrestling promotions on the independent circuit, such as Combat Zone Wrestling, Full Impact Pro, and NWA Wildside. He was awarded the NWA Wildside Junior Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship twice.
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Did a Drug Overdose Become Jimmy Rave’s Cause of Death?
Although there is no official report about Jimmy Rave’s cause of death at this time, some unofficial sources have started to claim he lost his life due to a drug OD.
The press did not confirm a cause of death, it did mention Guffey’s struggles with drug addiction. Due to infections, he was required to have both his left arm and both legs amputated within the last two years.
As the statement then came to add, “Jimmy had been struggling with drug addiction for many years. His struggles resulted in the amputation of his arm, and, later, both of his legs.”
However, our team does not confirm any rumors; we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.
In October 2021, Jimmy Rave, real name James Guffey and famous for his work in Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling/TNA, opened up about his leg amputations on Twitter, writing at the time:
“Apparently it’s time for me to come clean. This past June I began having trouble walking & went to my surgeon. He determined I had MRSA in both legs & they needed to be amputated immediately. Promoters can tell you along with my peers, I’ve had a history w/this and would cancel shows often due to this condition. I don’t know where rumors started this was due to something else, but I hadnt been to shows for so long. So where did someone see me do something? *I* have ALWAYS been honest with my past. *I* went on podcast n interviews being super candid. Pro Wrestling is all I ever loved. It sucks to think that the tribe I would have died for, would say untrue things about me. I’ve gone this whole time not disclosing my legs because of this embarrassment. Sorry, I fell short of your expectations. I tried … I really did.”
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James leaves behind by his ex-wife Felicia, daughter Kailah, son James II, and parents Jim & Toni Guffey.
Reactions to Death of James Guffey
Famous figures death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.
Soon after the tragic news was released, many of James’ friends, fans, and teammates expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes.
Someone wrote, “Met Jimmy Rave once after a PWG show he was on. Some guys during his match were going BRUTAL with comments. After the show Jimmy and I were talking and they came up asking for pics and autographs. When they left I mentioned the scenario and he goes “story of my fuckin life, man”
Another said, “Just heard the news that Jimmy Rave passed away. I had the opportunity to DM with him just 2 months ago both talking about our current mental health states. the guy was in a bad place and I’m just hoping he didn’t take his own life. He deserved better ending than this. R.I.P.”
A fan sadly wrote, “Whoa I just heard about #JimmyRave passing, this is sad, his birthday was just 5 days ago too. The #prowrestlingcommunity has lost another legend/talented wrestler. I remember his time in #IMPACTWrestling during his Rock ‘N Rave tag team days. #prowrestling.”
Also, a user tweeted, “The days before streaming services and a new Jimmy Rave match from some fan cam of some random southern indie that you would say it was better than anything Progress ever put out that would piss off the brits during his career resurgence.”