Jim Crockett, Jr. passed away at the age of 76 on Wednesday. He had been dealing with liver and kidney failure, which led to him taking himself of kidney dialysis. Crockett had been in hospice care in recent days and was reportedly in grave condition.
On today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted Crockett had contracted COVID-19, which led to him being put in the hospital.
“So what happened, he had health issues and he contracted COVID, and essentially because of the previous health issues and getting COVID, it put him in the hospital and it got worse and worse. As we talked about the other day, he had kidney issues before and he was on kidney dialysis and his kidneys and other internal organs were shutting down. He made the call to get off dialysis and essentially knowing that was it, he knew it was a matter of time. I think it’s been pretty clear for a couple of days.”
His father founded Jim Crockett Promotions, which was taken over by Crockett Jr. in 1977 and later became the president of the NWA in 1980. In 1988, he sold the company to Ted Turner, which led to the company being renamed World Championship Wrestling.