Pro wrestler Jonathan Rechner, better known to fans as “Balls Mahoney,” died on Tuesday at age 44, the WWE reports.
“WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Jonathan Rechner, best known for competing in ECW as Balls Mahoney, has passed away,” the organization said in a statement on its website. “WWE extends its condolences to Rechner's family, friends and fans.”
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Rechner was best known for wrestling in the WWE’s Extreme Championship Wrestling brand. After being released from his WWE contract in 2008, he continued wrestling on the independent circuit. A cause of death has not yet been released.
Fellow wrestling star Mick Foley, who performed with Rechner in the Smokey Mountain Wrestling league in the ‘90s, remembered his friend on Facebook.
“Even among larger than life characters in pro-wrestling, he was one of those guys who stood out - who made you laugh, smile, or just walk away, shaking your head in disbelief, knowing you had another Balls Mahoney story to share with the boys,” Foley wrote. “RIP my friend. You brought us some great memories. My prayers will be with your family and friends - especially the little boy you loved and doted on at so many shows over the years.”
Rechner is survived by his 9-year-old son Christopher.