Jay Briscoe, who was one-half of the ROH Tag Team Champions, tragically passed away on January 17th.
There is some very sad news to share as the professional wrestling world mourns the loss of veteran ROH wrestler Jay Briscoe, who passed away at the age of 38. Jay’s real name was Jamin Pugh. He died in a car accident with two passing away.
Ring of Honor’s Owner Tony Khan revealed the news shared the tragic news on Tuesday evening.
“Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away. Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he was a star in ROH for over 20 years, from the first show until today. Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH, reigning as champions to this day. We’ll do whatever we can to support his family. Rest In Peace Jamin”
Sadly, Jamin Pugh has passed away. Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he was a star in ROH for over 20 years, from the first show until today.
Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH, reigning as champions to this day. We'll do whatever we can to support his family.
Rest In Peace Jamin
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) January 18, 2023
Shortly after that, it was tweeted by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer that Jay died in a car accident. This is what the Delaware State Police reported.
“Tony Khan tweeted the death of Jay Briscoe in an auto accident. Two people in car died in an accident at 5:30 p.m. in Laurel, Maryland. Just horribly tragic news.”
Meltzer later corrected himself noting the death was in Laurel, Delaware.
During his 20+ year wrestling career, Jay Briscoe was most well known for his time in Ring of Honor along with his brother Mark Briscoe. The two brothers were 13-time ROH Tag Team Team Champions that also recently won the titles against from FTR last month at ROH Final Battle. It was a match praised heavily by the wrestling world as one of the best tag team matches ever.
The Briscoes are also in the ROH Hall of Fame that were inducted in the inaugural Hall of Fame that was announced last year. Jay was also a two-time ROH World Champion as well.
Jay Briscoe was also a father and a chicken farmer from Delaware.
Everybody here at TJRWrestling sends our condolences to Jay Briscoe’s family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his fans. pic.twitter.com/5wB6HpVY0x
— ROH – Ring of Honor Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 18, 2023
I’ve been in tears since I heard the news. I just don’t have the words. Rest in Peace Jay.
— Daniel “Cash” Wheeler (@CashWheelerFTR) January 18, 2023
Heard this tragic news while flying. I’m DEVASTATED that Jay Briscoe (Jamin Pugh) tragically died today. I was honored to work with him many times. I loved Jay. Jay was SO real. Jay loved his wife & kids more than anything & we shared that bond. I’m heartbroken for his family. pic.twitter.com/c2Jki7dEp0
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 18, 2023
I don’t have the words right now to properly convey my sorrow. I love Jay & Mark Briscoe. Always have. I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m very lucky to have shared the ring & shared so many laughs with Jay Briscoe and I’m so sad to know neither will happen again. RIP my friend.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) January 18, 2023
An incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans across the globe. My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe.
— Triple H (@TripleH) January 18, 2023
I didn’t interact much with him, but upon meeting Jay I instantly understood something about him…his family was his everything. All the love in the world to them this evening.
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) January 18, 2023
I've known Jay Briscoe since he was a fan
Watched him become an amazing wrestler, best tag team & realest promo guy
I was going to text him yesterday about the cost of eggs and I didnt
I wish I did
Whenever I saw them I'd say
Luv me some Briscoes
Prayers for his family pic.twitter.com/aTaQRTjilX
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) January 18, 2023
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his fans. pic.twitter.com/g95ID0ZnDW
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 18, 2023
I cannot even begin to process this right now. I loved everything about my friend Jay Briscoe. His passion. His drive. His presence. Our wars in the ring. Most importantly, how much he loved his family. I am literally sick to my stomach… pic.twitter.com/XNK5ZHlqxu
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) January 18, 2023
Rest in Peace, Jay Briscoe 🙏🏻
— GUNTHER (@Gunther_AUT) January 18, 2023
Jay taught me about Alabama's greatest hits. He taught me his daughters' cheer routines. We'd talk about taking the 5 AM flights out of town to get home to our kids and our wives. And he's the one guy that could get me a little tipsy downtown in Nashville.
— Ian Riccaboni (@IanRiccaboni) January 18, 2023
Jay Briscoe was one of the toughest men I ever had the privilege of sharing a ring with, as well as being a tremendous brother, father, and man. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to know him and wrestle him as often as I did. Rest in Peace, Jay, I love you.#RIPJayBriscoepic.twitter.com/6ZxNfgPcmw
— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) January 18, 2023
— The Usos (@WWEUsos) January 18, 2023
Jay Briscoe was a wonderful human being and he loved his family so much. So much. He was so proud of them. Rest with God my friend.
— DIJAK (@TBARRetribution) January 18, 2023
I don’t ever remember seeing Jamin and not smiling myself. One of my absolute favorites. 500% genuine and such a family man. I sat there for 20 years and witnessed greatness, greatness I will never forget. Jay Briscoe was awesome and Jamin was one of a kind. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PenZEN3Nig
— Bobby Cruise (@realBobbyCruise) January 18, 2023