Former ECW wrestler Jonathan Rechner, more recognizably known by wrestling fans as Balls Mahoney, passed away yesterday, one day after turning 44. Mahoney was one of ECW’s most beloved characters, working there almost exclusively from 1997 until the company folded in 2001. Mahoney was a three-time ECW Tag Team Champion, and part of a popular team with Axl Rotten, who passed away earlier this year (Rotten was also 44 when he died). Mahoney also had a brief run in WWE’s version of ECW in 2006.
The cause of death has not yet been released. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jonathan Rechner.