He professional wrestler known as Jay Briscoe — best known as one half of the foul-mouthed “Briscoe Brothers” tag team — was killed in a head-on collision on a Delaware highway while driving her daughters to cheerleading practice, officials and her family said.
The artist, whose real name was Jamin Pugh, was driving east on Laurel Road in a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 at 5:09 p.m. traffic, said the state police.
The Silverado 1500 was driven by Lillyanne Ternahan, a 27-year-old Frankford resident. She and Pugh, a 38-year-old Laurel resident, were pronounced dead at the scene in Laurel.
Ternahan was wearing a seatbelt and Pugh was not, police said.
Pugh was traveling with two daughters, ages 9 and 12, who were wearing seat belts, police said. The girls were rushed to a nearby hospital where both were in critical condition.
Pugh’s mother, Jana Pugh, said NBC Philadelphia that he was going to take the girls to cheerleading practice.
She said she believes her son was alive when she and her husband arrived at the crash site.
“My husband yelled at her,” Pugh told the station. “Chum calls him. He said, ‘Dude, we’re here.’ So if he was conscious at the time, he would have heard that. And I like to think that he did.
The pickup trucks were the only vehicles involved in the fatal accident Tuesday night and it was not immediately clear if any of the drivers were injured, police said.
Pugh and his brother Mark Pugh were the “Briscoe Brothers” who performed for the Florida-based Ring of Honor wrestling circuit.
“It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe,” Ring of Honor said in a statement Wednesday. “Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans.”
In-ring brothers characters such as tough chicken farmers were among Ring of Honor’s most popular acts in the early 2000s.
Outside of the ring, friends knew Jamin Pugh as a devoted father.
During the heart of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Ring of Honor posted a video of Pugh wearing ribbons in her hair and practicing a cheerleading routine with her daughter.
“An amazing artist who created a deep connection with wrestling fans around the world,” the famed WWE artist tweeted. Triple Hwhose real name is Paul Michael Levesque.
“My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe.”
The Laurel school district closed Wednesday due to the “unthinkable tragedy,” the district said in a statement.
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