British pro wrestler Adrian 'Lionheart' McCallum dies at 36 after posting haunting final tweet about 'living for the last time'
The 36-year-old wrestler was the current ICW World Heavyweight Champion - the title won by him on December 2, 2018. No other details about his death have been revealed yet.
British professional wrestler Adrian 'Lionheart' McCallum passed away after posting a series of haunting tweets. The news was confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday by Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), the organization that McCallum formerly competed in.
The 36-year-old wrestler was the current ICW World Heavyweight Champion - the title won by him on December 2, 2018. No other details about his death have been revealed yet. “We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum,” ICW tweeted.
“Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him.” In a follow-up tweet, they asked fans to respect the McCallum family’s privacy during these times.
McCallum competed for WWE in a non-televised match once, which he lost to Justin Gabriel at a 'SmackDown' taping in Liverpool, England. He had also competed in Ring of Honor and TNA, and was the owner of Ayrshire-based wrestling promotion, Pro Wrestling Elite, alongside serving as a coach at GPWA Glasgow Asylum. Back in March 2014, McCallum broke his neck in two places owing to the 'Styles Clash' finishing maneuver from current WWE 'Raw' Superstar AJ Styles. Despite doctors telling McCallum, he may never walk again, he miraculously returned to the ring just a year later.
In more shocking news, just hours before reports of his death surfaced, McCallum tweeted quotes from Ricky Gervais’s Netflix series 'Afterlife', talking about enjoying one's last day on the planet. “You might not know it’s the last time, that’s why you must do everything you love with passion. One day you will eat your last meal, you will hug your friend for the last time”. The lines were said by Gervais’s character, Tony Johnson, who is mourning the death of his wife.
Fellow wrestlers have also paid tribute to the star on Wednesday night. Grado wrote: “Love you my brother. The Champ. RIP @LionheartUK – we will never ever forget you. Thank you for everything you done for the British wrestling scene… but more importantly for being our pal.”