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UPDATED: ‘The Assassin’ Jody Hamilton Passes Away at 82

August 3, 2021 | Posted by Blake Lovell

UPDATE: After it was reported that he had been moved to hospice care, it’s now been confirmed that Jody Hamilton, known as one half of The Assassins, has passed away. PWInsider reports that Hamilton’s son Jody Jr., better known to wrestling fans as referee Nick Patrick, announced that his father passed away this afternoon.

Patrick wrote:

“It is with heavy heart that I make this post. At 2:16 today my father took his last breath on this earth. He passed comfortably, surrounded by the people that love him. Now our attention has to shift over to taking care of my mom. I want to thank everyone that sent out prayers and support for my family. I will put more information about pop out, but right now I’m kinda numb.”

Hamilton was paid tribute by several members of the wrestling industry on social media including Doc Gallows, Tommy Dreamer, and more. You can see some of those below.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Mr. Hamilton. He will be missed.

ORIGINAL: PWInsider reports that Jody Hamilton (aka The Assassin, The Masked Assassin, and Assassin #1) has been moved to hospice care.

Hamilton, 82, made his pro wrestling debut back in the 1950s before eventually forming the famous team, The Assassins, with Assassin #2 (Tom Renesto). Even after Renesto’s retirement, Hamilton continued the team with various wrestlers in masked roles.

Hamilton was eventually forced to retire from wrestling in the late 80s after suffering a broken neck during a match.

On behalf of 411, our best wishes to Mr. Hamilton.

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