Remembering Virgil: The former WWE star and bodyguard for 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase has passed away at 61. A tribute to his wrestling legacy.

He was the bodyguard for the ‘Million Dollar Man.’

He was a member of the NWO.

But sadly, pro wrestling’s Virgil has passed away at 61-years-old.

The news came via his Instagram account.

Goodbye, Virgil

Virgil, the former WWE star best known for being the bodyguard for the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, has died, according to a post on his verified Instagram account.

The New York Post reports, “In recent years Virgil had several strokes and was diagnosed with dementia, according to TMZ.”

“This is to confirm the sad news about our beloved Meatsauce God and Wrestling Superstar Virgil/Michael Jones has passed away,” a statement on the wrestling star’s Instagram said. “There is so much to say here and would love to share stories but for now it’s a rough day as our friend is gone. We would only ask at this time to remember him as the man that he was. Wishing him all the unlimited pasta in heaven. We love you Mike.”

The story continued:

Virgil began his career in 1985 in Memphis with the Championship Wrestling Association as Soul Train Jones, and he’d later become the AWA International Heavyweight champion and an AWA Southern Tag Team champion with Rocky Johnson, the father of The Rock.

He gained national acclaim after moving to what was then known as the WWF in 1986, carrying DiBiase’s money and standing by DiBiase’s side during his run in the main-event scene.

Virgil turned on DiBiase in 1991, defeating him at WrestleMania VII and later that year beating him for the Million Dollar Championship at SummerSlam.

After leaving the WWF in 1994, he reunited with DiBiase in WCW as a member of the nWo. He left WCW in 2000 and retired as a regular in-ring wrestler.

The tributes from fellow wrestlers poured in.

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“Shocked and saddened to hear the news about Virgil. Rest in peace, my friend,” wrestling great Jake “The Snake” Roberts wrote on X.

WWE legend and current AEW wrestler Matt Hardy wrote of Virgil on X:

“Virgil was a funny, unique individual that was always cool to me & I’m saddened to hear about his passing,” he said.

“My thoughts go out to his family, friends & fans,” Hardy wrote.