Legendary Mexican wrestler Jesús Toral López, professionally known as Black Warrior sadly passed away on Tuesday, January 10th, 2023 at the age of 54. Lopez wrestled for both LuchaLibre AAA Worldwide and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) during his career. Each of them independently confirmed the news this morning and wrote a heartfelt memorial for him.
Keep reading to know more about Black Warrior, including who he was, how he died, what was the cause of his death, tributes for Black Warrior, and much more things!
Who Was Black Warrior?
Black Warrior was born on January 7, 1969, in Torreon, Coahuila. He was a member of the CMLL and rose to stardom in the ring in 2000. He later got immense popularity as one of the sport’s most recognizable fighters. The gladiator continued to wrestle up until his death and also instructed students in the Tepito Arena Welcome ToMiBario and the CuautitlanIzcalli Arena Mama Lucha-s.
López performed for almost a decade under numerous ring names, typically with limited success, before adopting the “Black Warrior” image. His only notable former ring character was “Bronce,” which is Spanish for Bronze, where he collaborated with Oro and Plata as a member of the “Los Metalicos” combo, a group that was well-liked in the early 1990s. López is the brother-in-law of Mano Negro Jr., the son-in-law of Mano Negro, and the nephew of Luchador Blue Panther.
Black Warrior Jr., the son of Black Warrior, passed away on March 17 of last year at the age of 24 after fighting day by day to recover from a cervical injury that kept him in bed for seven months.
How did Black Warrior Die? Cause of death
Jesús Toral López, better known by his stage name as Black Warrior in the world of costalazos, passed away on Tuesday, January 10th at the age of 54. Black Warrior’s family has not yet provided any statement following the death of Black Warrior, so it is currently unknown what caused the wrestler’s passing.
The Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) confirmed this news and issued a statement in reaction, saying,
“The CMLL shares the grief that overwhelms the wrestling family for the sad passing of Jesus Toral Lopez, better known as Black Warrior. A wrestler who had an outstanding career as part of this organization reaching his zenith in the 90s and 2000s, Black Warrior had a career whose peak was in those years.
At the time this article is being written, there is no information available regarding Black Warrior’s funeral. However, it is said that they would soon provide further details about his last rite ceremony.
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Junior Toral’s Message (Black Warrior’s Son)
The declaration from his son Junior Warrior’s farewell letter to his father reads:
“Give my brother a big hug and tell him how much I love him. I love you, dad, I have no words, I am alone now here on earth because I know that in paradise, I have two magnificent angels. I will always have the utmost respect for you, and although there are times when I wish I could control everything, it is not feasible.”
Tributes Emerged For Black Warrior?
Tributes have flooded for Black Warrior across various social media networks. They keep emphasizing how shocked they are by the news of his passing. LucheLibre AAA Worldwide mentioned, “The family of LuchaLibreAAA deeply regrets the passing of “Black Warrior”. We wish prompt resignation for family and friends.”
CaristicoMistico tweeted, “Rest in Peace to Black Warrior a great fighter, rival, friend, and human being, fly high like the great star you are. Goodbye Chuy friend.”
El Hijo Del Santo wrote, “My deepest condolences to his wife and children, as well as to the entire luchistic family.”
Fernando Moreno tweeted, “Top specialist, 2-time NWA light heavyweight champion, in 2006 Místico won his mask, one of the most beautiful in wrestling, dies at 54 years.”
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