WWE announced Sunday that longtime pro-wrestling referee Tim White had passed away. He was 68.
White spent over 20 years as a member of WWE’s staff. He began his career in 1985 as a part-time referee for Andre the Giant. He was in some of the most famous matches in WWE history, like The Undertaker and Mankind’s Hell in a Cell match at the King of the Ring in 1998.
“White’s in-ring career was pretty much over after he hurt his shoulder, but he was still a big part of WWE as an official and talent agent until 2009,” WWE said.
“WWE sends our deepest condolences to White’s loved ones and fans everywhere.”
Some of the WWE stars who paid tribute to the referee were Shawn Michaels and Big E.
His death over the weekend marks the second that has occurred among WWE officials.
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Tim White Had Passed Away at the Age of 68
WWE announced on Sunday that longtime referee Tim White had passed away at the age of 68.
“Tim White worked hard for WWE as a referee and official for more than 20 years,” WWE said. In 1985, White started his distinguished career as an assistant to Andre the Giant and a referee on the side.
During his time in the WWE, he officiated some of the company’s most notable bouts, including the legendary Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.
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Several WCW Stars Discussed Their History With White
For WWE fans, White is a household name because of his proximity to so many historic moments during The Attitude Era. He was frequently assigned to referee major fights inside the ring.
After injuring his shoulder during Triple H’s Hell in a Cell match against Chris Jericho at the Judgment Day PPV, White was forced to reduce his in-ring appearances.
In 2021, when talking about White’s last match at WrestleMania XX, legendary announcer Jim Ross said that White “was probably as well-liked as anyone on the roster.”
The Friendly Tap, the Rhode Island native’s bar, made occasional appearances on WWE shows in addition to his wrestling career.
The news of referee Tim White’s death has been shockingly tragic for WWE.
During his time with WWE, he served as a referee for several notable bouts, including the historic Hell in a Cell Match between the Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.
White’s in-ring career was cut short by a shoulder injury, but he remained an important figure in WWE until 2009 in other capacities.
WWE wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the White family, as well as his many friends and fans.
In 1985, White began officiating matches on the side while working as André the Giant’s agent. After Andre’s death in 1993, White began working as a referee full-time for WWF events and pay-per-views.
At King of the Ring on June 28, 1998, White was the referee for the famous Hell in a Cell match between Mankind and The Undertaker.
When Mankind crashed through the roof of the cell and landed heavily in the ring, referee White almost called off the match out of concern that Mick Foley had suffered a serious injury and needed immediate medical attention. The match went on to become one of the most famous wrestling annals.
White hurt his shoulder in 2002 at Judgment Day during a Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Chris Jericho. In 2004, White returned to referee the WrestleMania XX match between Chris Jericho and Christian, but he re-injured his shoulder during the final three counts.