Former National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight champion Jack Brisco died Monday morning at the age of 68. Wrestling Inc. is reporting that Brisco underwent a triple heart bypass several weeks ago and was in recovery at a rehab center.
According to Brisco’s website, he held 13 different major wrestling championships a total of 45 times. Brisco was an award-winning football player in high school, but turned down a football scholarship by the University of Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State and be part of that school’s collegiate wrestling dynasty. He won the NCAA championship in 1965.
Brisco gained fame in the 1970s and 1980s as a professional wrestler, and was a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. With his brother Gerald, Jack Brisco discovered future wrestling legend Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan. After retiring from wrestling, Brisco ran a successful auto body shop business in Florida.
io.com is sad to report that former NWA Wrold Heavyweight Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Jack Brisco died this morning at the age of 68,
There are no details on the cause of death at present however sources indicated he underwent a triple heart bypass several weeks ago due to on going health issues.
Brisco held the NWA World Championship in from July-Dec 1974 which was known as the ‘Golden Age’ of wrestling. He defended it against the likes of Harley Race and Dory Funk Jr on a then very gruelling schedule. He also held tag gold with brother Gerald Brisco on multiple occasions. Both brothers were creditied for helping Vince McMahon in the early days of WWF selling stock from territory promotions and helping Vince gain a monoply on the industry.
Jack Brisco and Gerry Brisco were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.