Chavo Guerrero Sr., one of the pro wrestling world’s most respected performers, has died after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 68.
Guerrero’s son and namesake, Chavo Guerrero Jr., who also wrestled with WWE, made the announcement on Saturday.
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Today the world lost a true rebel. He did things "HIS" way. Not always right, not always wrong, but He always followed what he believed in. He was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in early January of this year. As believer in Christ Jesus, he is now in Paradise. Today is a Sad day in the Guerrero Family. Rest In Peace Chavo "Classic" Guerrero Sr. #rip #nowinheaven
“Today the world lost a true rebel,” Guerrero Jr. wrote of his father on Instagram, revealing Guerrero had been fighting his illness for just one month since being diagnosed with the disease in early January.
Known as Chavo Classic to WWE fans, Guerrero Sr. became popular as one of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s biggest rivals in the business.
Guerrero Sr. was a 15-time NWA Americas heavyweight champion for NWA Hollywood Wrestling, before coming to WWE, where he became the oldest competitor ever to win the original Cruiserweight Championship title. He was in his fifties at the time.
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RIP 🙏Chavo Guerrero Senior…… My Family & I send our condolences to the Guerrero Family & may the Lord give you the strength to overcome your loss! We Love you all very much & Feel privileged to have shared the ring with him on many occasions, last year being the most recent one in Lucha Underground & this CW Title match back in WWE! #ChavoClassic #CWchampion #Legend #GuerreroFamily #arribalaRaza #Respect #WeWillMissU
Guerrero, whose father Gory and brothers Mando, Hector and Eddie were also pro wrestlers, last made a high-profile appearance in the squared circle last year on Lucha Underground, a televised pro wrestling program produced by famed director Robert Rodriguez. In the bit, Guerrero turns on his son to help rival Rey Mysterio Jr.
As news broke of Guerrero Sr.’s death, the pro wrestling world offered its condolences.
GOD BLESS THE CHAVO GUERRERO SR AND HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. REST IN PEACE BROTHER I LOVE YOU
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 11, 2017
I'm so sad to hear that Chavo Guerrero Sr. has died. Many great memories, both in & out of the ring. RIP my friend. Praying for the family. pic.twitter.com/16ntNeV0sd
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) February 11, 2017
Very sorry to hear of the loss of Chavo Guerrero Sr. I took great pride in having worked with Chavo, Mando & Hector. https://t.co/HLjmm9dzWj
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) February 11, 2017
Very saddened to hear of my friend Chavo Guerrero Sr's passing today.My condolences and best wishes to Chavo Jr and all the Guerrero family
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) February 11, 2017
My heart & condolences to the entire Guerrero family on the passing of Chavo Guerrero Sr. A one of a kind person who was a pleasure to know
— The Destroyer (@SamoaJoe) February 11, 2017