Former pro wrestler Jimmy Rave AKA James Michael Guffey dies at 39

Jimmy Rave Death – Cause Of Death: Former pro wrestlerJimmy Rave best known by his ring name as James Michael Guffey has passed away on Sunday 12th December 2021 at the age of 39 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. after undergoing three amputations of his two legs and one arm and struggling with drug addiction.

Jimmy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S on 8th December 1982, Atlanta is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia. It played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta History Center chronicles the city’s past, and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is dedicated to the African-American leader’s life and times.

He began wrestling in 1999 and was a two-time National Wrestling Alliance heavyweight champion. He worked for Rampage Pro Wrestling as a booker, before he took lead in ‘Jimmy Rave Approved’ movement. Jimmy was trained by Murder One, he made his firs public appearance on October, 1999. Rave worked for various professional wrestling promotions like the  Combat Zone Wrestling, Full Impact Pro and NWA Wildside, where he gained victory twice in both the NWA Wildside Junior Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Rave appeared in Ring of Honor in the year 2003. He announced his retirement from wrestling on November 28, 2020 on his Twitter page due to an infection in his left arm that required amputation. He will remembered for his talent and unwavering optimism.
Statement have been issued by friends on social media on the sad demise of Rave, below are few of them:  Brad Stutts  says “Jimmy Rave was a huge part of that and as Crown Jewel of the Embassy was probably the best true heel ever in the promotion. In those ROH & CZW runs, Jimmy had been one of the first guys to break out of the south, which was unreal and practically unheard of then.

“Today I’m sad both things are gone but more than that I’m glad they happened. I wasn’t there banging on the guard rails but I’m glad I got to experience them in my own way. I’m glad ROH was there and I’m glad Jimmy Rave was here.The Embassy forever, you fools.”

IMPACT Wrestling said “We at IMPACT Wrestling are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of James Guffey, otherwise known as Jimmy Rave. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. Rave made his IMPACT Wrestling debut in 2002 during The Asylum Years and became a mainstay of the X-Division. Rave would return to IMPACT in 2007 as he, Lance Hoyt and Christy Hemme formed the prominent group named The Rock ‘N Rave Infection.

Mick Foley said “RIP JIMMY RAVE This really hurts. Jimmy Rave has passed away. He was only 39. He had lost both legs to the MRSA virus this past October, but seemed to be in good spirits when I checked in with him two weeks ago. He was a great wrestling character and worker; someone who gave so much more to the business than he received. May God bless you, my friend. #RIPJimmyRave.

Photo credit – NWA 

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