Don West, former TNA and IMPACT wrestling commentator, dead at 59

Don West, former TNA and IMPACT wrestling commentator, dead at 59

Legendary wrestling broadcaster Don West has died following his battle with most cancers. He was 59 years previous. 

IMPACT Wrestling, the place West’s voice turned synonymous with the promotion — identified on the time as Complete Nonstop Motion (TNA) — for over a decade, introduced West’s demise Friday afternoon. 

“You’ll be able to’t take into consideration TNA/IMPACT with out pondering of Don West,” IMPACT Wrestling Government Vice President Scott D’Amore mentioned in a press release. “Don and Mike Tenay offered the soundtrack to so many iconic moments in firm historical past. There was no extra cherished member of the TNA/IMPACT household.”

“Don was really a certainly one of a sort who brightened each room he walked into. He introduced out one of the best in folks and was an inspiration to all who crossed paths with him.”

The Illinois native was identified with mind lymphoma, a uncommon and extremely aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma most cancers in 2021. West introduced he was in remission in Sept. 2021.

West’s most cancers, nevertheless, returned in January which prompted the broadcaster to endure chemotherapy and radiation. He up to date wrestling followers all through therapies, revealing the tumor doubled in measurement in Might. 

IMPACT Wrestling is heartbroken to be taught of the passing of Don West​, one of many defining voices of our 20 12 months historical past. Don’s enthusiasm and fervour elevated each second he known as and uplifted the spirits of all people he crossed paths with. He will probably be dearly missed. #RIPDonWest

— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) December 30, 2022

West joined IMPACT/TNA in 2002, the place he served because the promotion’s shade commentator. He turned an on-screen fixture for wrestling followers within the early 2000s earlier than he left the corporate in 2012.

After his time in wrestling, he joined the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League because the group’s director of gross sales and advertising and marketing and launched his personal sports activities discuss radio present.

Mike Tenay, West’s former broadcast accomplice, mourned West’s demise in an emotional put up on Twitter.

“We bonded as quickly as we met, each as broadcast companions and associates,” Tanay mentioned. “Years of nice moments each on and off digicam.”

West leaves behind his spouse Terri. 

“Sorry to listen to concerning the passing of Impression Wrestling Commentator Don West,” wrestler Kurt Angle tweeted. “Don was an unbelievable man with a lot vitality. My Prayers go to his household.”

Wrestler Matt Hardy mentioned, “Had nice experiences each time I interacted with him. Don was one of many good guys, who was overflowing with ardour & enthusiasm.”

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