British wrestling legend Mark “Rollerball” Rocco has died at the age of 69.
The news was announced by All Star Wrestling on Facebook. According to the statement, Rocco had suffered the past few months.
“It is with the greatest of sadness that we have to announce the passing of the one and only MARK ROLLERBALL ROCCO, after suffering for the past few months – our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time.”
Most fans recognize Rocco as who played the original Black Tiger in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He had a memorable program with Tiger Mask in the early 1990s.
Chris Hero and William Regal shared tributes to Rocco on Twitter:
Whether you know him as the original Black Tiger, “Rollerball” or simply by his name, Mark Rocco left an indelible imprint on our industry.
Whether it’s versus Sayama, Fujinami, Dynamite, Marty Jones- do yourself a favor & watch a match of his today. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/lt7LSqgzSn
— Chris Hero (Is Back) (@ChrisHero) July 31, 2020
I’ve woken to the terrible news that my friend and colleague Mark “ Rollerball” Rocco has passed away. Mark was so ahead of his time and wether as himself or the original “Black Tiger” in @njpwglobal, he, along with Marty Jones were the…
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) July 31, 2020