Former WWE superstar Tom Billington, best known by the ring name Dynamite Kid as one-half of the British Bulldogs, died Wednesday after dealing with health problems for the past several years. He had just turned 60.
According to the Mirror, the news of Billington's death was confirmed by fellow British wrestling mainstay Marty Jones, who posted a brief statement on social media paying tribute to his former colleague.
"It's with great sadness I have to inform you all that The 'Dynamite Kid' Tom Billington on his birthday has passed away. A true British ambassador for wrestling worldwide RIP 'Kid' condolences to Mark [sic] & his family."
Born Thomas Billington in Lancaster on December 5, 1958, the future Dynamite Kid started wrestling in his native U.K. at the age of 13 and moved to Calgary at 20, where he first made his name in North America with Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion. He joined the company then known as the WWF in 1984, where he and his cousin, Davey Boy Smith, teamed up as the British Bulldogs and spent the next four years as one of the promotion's top tag teams. The duo won their only WWF World Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania 2 in 1986 and had several memorable feuds in the company, including a rivalry with former Stampede colleagues Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, aka The Hart Foundation.