Laurel School District closed after death of pro wrestler Jay Briscoe at age 38

LAUREL, Delaware (WPVI) — Jay Briscoe, a legend in independent professional wrestling and one-half of one of the best tag teams of the past 20 years, died Tuesday at the age of 38, according to Ring of Honor (ROH) and AEW President Tony Khan on Twitter.

Briscoe, real name Jamin Pugh, was born in Maryland and has long lived in Sussex County, Delaware.

The Laurel School District is closed Wednesday due to Pugh’s death.

The district made the following announcement on its Facebook page on Tuesday:

“Due to an unimaginable tragedy in our community tonight, the Laurel School District will be closing for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Schools will reopen on Thursday. Please keep the Pugh family in your thoughts and prayers.”

According to Sports Illustrated, Briscoe and another adult were killed in an accident in Laurel.

Two other people in the car were also injured, including at least one youth. State police are expected to release the identities later in the day.

Briscoe was ROH Tag Team Champions with his brother Mark. It was their 13th tenure as champions of the promotion, for which they were synonymous. The Briscoe Brothers’ first reign came in 2003, and Jay was on the very first ROH card in 2002.

“Sadly Jamin Pugh passed away,” Khan tweeted. “Known to fans as Jay Briscoe, he has been a star on ROH for over 20 years, from the first show to today. Jay and his brother Mark dominated ROH and still reign as champions to this day. We will do everything to support his family. Rest in peace Jamin.”

Pugh was inducted into the ROH Hall of Fame last year and was a two-time former ROH World Champion. He also held titles in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Impact Wrestling. The Briscoe Brothers are considered one of the greatest tag teams of all time never to have performed for WWE.

Last year, the Briscoe Brothers had some of the best matches in the world, with AEW tag team FTR winning the ROH Tag Team Championships. The trilogy consisted of a regular match, a two of three falls match, and then a dog collar match. The Briscoes won the third contest to regain the belts.

Over the years, the team has had memorable storylines with tag teams like the Young Bucks and Kevin Steen & El Generico (now Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn respectively), the Motor City Machine Guns and the Second City Saints (CM Punk and Colt Cabana).

Pugh’s 286-day ROH world title reign, his second run as champion, included defenses against Samoa Joe, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Tommaso Ciampa.


ESPN contributed to this report.

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