Former ECW star Balls Mahoney dies at age 44, WWE confirms

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

Balls Mahoney photo credit Mike Lano

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Former ECW star Balls Money died Tuesday, according to former ECW colleagues.

WWE acknowledged his death Tuesday night: “WWE is saddened to learn of reports that Jonathan Rechner, best known for competing in ECW as Balls Mahoney, has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Rechner’s family, friends, and fans.”

Mahoney died at the age of 44 one day after his birthday.

Mahoney reportedly took a fall last week, affecting his health. Pro Wrestling Sheet reports from talking to Mahoney’s wife that Mahoney was watching TV on Tuesday evening when he became unresponsive. 911 was called attempting to revive him, but he was unresponsive and eventually pronounced dead.

Mahoney is the second former ECW star to die in the last two months. Axl Rotten died in February.

A fundraiser has been launched to help pay for funeral costs and for Mahoney’s family following his death.

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