WRESTLING legend Thomas Billington, known as "The Dynamite Kid", passed away on his 60th birthday.
The exact cause of death is unknown, but the Lancashire-born symbol has been struggling with a number of health issues for years.
New Japanese pro-wrestling superstar Will Ospreay praised the icon on Twitter this morning after hearing of his death.
Along with a picture of Billington in his pomp, he wrote: "I heard news that Tommy Billington also knows as Dynamite Kid has passed away
" Thank you for all the work you have done for our country, and so many wrestlers have inspired to serve themselves. RIP Dynamite Kid.
And the son of his former Marking partner Davey Boy Smith Jr. confirmed the message by saying, "I was really happy and glad that I saw Dynamite for the last time in the UK last June.
"Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to me and many others and revolutionized the professional Wrestling as we do today.
"He flew high and gave up his whole game."
Dynamite's friend and retired wrestler Marty Jones then wrote: "With great sadness, I must tell you everything that the Dynamite Kid Tommy Billington died on his birthday.
"A true British ambassador for wrestling worldwide. RIP 'Kid'. Condolence to Mark and his family."
The Englishman became world famous in the 1980s together with cousin and tag-partner "British Bulldog". Davey Boy Smith.
The duo conquered the day of the WWE Tag Team title. Team gold before they parted ways in 1988.
The 2003 British Bulldogs were named the fifth-best tag team ever by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
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Dynamite Kid subsequently worked for Stampede Wrestling and in Japan until his last play on October 10, 1996 for a Michinoku Pro Event called These Days.
He participated in a six-man fight titled "Legends of" High-Flying "alongside Dos Caras and Kuniaki Kobayashi against The Great Sasuke, Mil Mascaras and Tiger Mask.
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for his huge physique, it was reported that the body of Dynamite to the point degenerated, where he was practically "skin and bones" and the underside of his usually tight pantyhose seemed very loose.
Dynamite still managed to hit a tombstone on Great Sasuke, causing Dos Caras to bomb Sasuke for the pin to make sure he ended his career as the winner.
The next day, however, he suffered a seizure at the airport, the second after the emergence The ally had one in 1987 and was immediately hospitalized.
Dynamite lost his left leg in 1997 and had to use a wheelchair.
In addition to his paralysis, Billington also had a number Heart problems and WWE reported that he had a stroke in 2013.
In January 2017, a video of Billington appeared in a nursing home trying to raise funds for his medical care.
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He believes that this is both back problems and incantations You could have contributed to Dynamite's contribution to juries.
Billington divorced his first wife Michelle Smadu (Bret's sister "Hitman" Harts then wife Julie), with whom he had two daughters in 1991, Browyne and Amaris, and a son, Marek.
He moved back to England to live in Wigan after the marriage ended, and in 1997 he would tie up with Dot Billington.
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