NEW YORK – Jonathan Rechner, better known among wrestling fans as Balls Mahoney, died at the age of 44, the WWE confirmed via Twitter.
Mahoney, who was born in New Jersey, was one of the Extreme Championship Wrestling Originals, and is well known for his appearances in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“Just heard of the passing of ECW original Balls Mahoney,” tweeted WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley. “Thinking and praying for his little boy he loved so dearly.”
It’s not yet clear what the cause of death was.
Just heard of the passing of ECW original Balls Mahoney. Thinking and praying for his little boy he loved so dearly. pic.twitter.com/ky61l3jyRg
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 13, 2016
I am beyond sad to announce my friend ECW Original Balls Mahoney has passed away. I just spoke w/his wife. pic.twitter.com/OAs3vOmGEH
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 13, 2016
— WWE (@WWE) April 13, 2016
Truly bummed to hear about Balls Mahoney's passing. His enthusiasm was infectious. Just a fun guy to be around. #AveSatanas
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) April 13, 2016