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Former WWE Referee Mickie Jay Henson Dies Aged 59

Mickie Jay Henson

Former veteran wrestling official Mickie Jay Henson who worked for both WWE and WCW in his career has sadly passed away at the age of 59.

PWInsider reported that Henson passed away at 6.19 pm EST on the 14th of February after contracting COVID-19 pneumonia. Henson is said to have been taken off life support at that time after suffering severe lung damage throughout his fight against the disease.

Best known to wrestling fans as simply Mickie Jay, Henson began his career in the business in 1987 working for Championship Wrestling from Florida before beginning his WCW career three years later. Mickie Jay stayed with World Championship Wrestling until the company’s demise in the spring of 2001.

Joining WWE in 2005, Mickie Jay Henson worked his way up the officiating ranks and was named Head Of Referees for both SmackDown and ECW. In 2008, he stepped away from the company after being diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma, a disease he fought back from and survived.

WWE paid tribute to their former referee, issuing a statement about Henson’s passing on their website:

“Henson officiated his first match in 1987 at the Eddie Graham Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. He then joined WCW in 1992 and went on to referee in some of the promotion’s most memorable matches, including the ending of Goldberg’s historic undefeated streak at the hands of Kevin Nash at Starrcade 1998.

“Signing with WWE in 2005, Henson then brought his officiating expertise to more incredible bouts for years to come featuring the likes of John Cena, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Edge, and many more.”

Everyone at Inside The Ropes sends their sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mickie Jay Henson at this difficult time.