WWE referee and talent agent Tim White dies at 68

Fox News reports that Tim White, the longtime World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) referee, has died. He was 68. 

The WWE announced White’s passing on Sunday, June 19.

“WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away,” the company wrote, adding, “WWE extends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.”

A cause of death has not been provided.

Remembering Tim White

White spent more than two decades with the WWE. It all began back in the 1980s when he was both a part-time referee for the WWE and an assistant to Andre the Giant.

It was following Andre’s passing in the early 1990s that White moved on to become a full-time WWE referee. And, as such, he would go on to referee many well-known matches, such as the Hell in a Cell matchup between The Undertaker and Mankind that took place during 1998’s King of the Ring.

What ended up putting an end to White’s referee career were shoulder injuries. He had to call it quits following the injury that occurred during the final three-count of the WrestleMania XX match between Jericho and Christian.

White, though, still continued to work with the WWE both as a talent agent and as a backstage official. That lasted until 2009.


Besides the company itself, a number of fellow employees have been offering tributes to White following the news of his passing. Among them is Dolph Ziggler.

“Tim White brightened every room he walked into & the WWE locker room was especially lucky to have him,” he tweeted. “Being around Timmy on several PR tours was a joy! We would get our work done & meet after and he would tell old road stories & we’d laugh til the sun came up. Cheers, sir.”

Ettore “Big E” Ewen wrote, “I lit up every time I saw this man! Tim White often was the man tasked with shepherding us at appearances and conventions the last several years. He was always extraordinarily kind and warm. I will miss you, my friend. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

“I will miss him forever,” Chris Jericho wrote on Instagram. The wrestling biz will never see another man this loyal and this proud to be a part of the business and to be one of the boys. I love you Timmy!”

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