Former TNA and Impact Wrestling Announcer Don West Dies at Age 59
Don West, who was one of the iconic voices of TNA Wrestling, has passed away at the age of 59 years old. West's passing was announced by his longtime commentary partner Mike Tenay, who stated that West's wife confirmed Don had passed away after his long fight with Brain Lymphoma. West previously discussed his diagnosis in June of 2021, and he would go into remission after chemotherapy. He would unfortunately have to fight it again when the cancer returned in December of 2021, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. You can find Tenay and Impact Wrestling's tributes to Don West below (via The Wrestling Observer).
On Twitter, Tenay wrote "Just heard from wife Terri that our brother @DonWestDeals will be spending New Years in heaven. Terri said D-Dub finally had to tap out from his match with lymphoma. We bonded as soon as we met, both as broadcast partners and friends. Years of great moments both on and off camera."
Just heard from wife Terri that our brother @DonWestDeals will be spending New Years in heaven. Terri said D-Dub finally had to tap out from his match with lymphoma. We bonded as soon as we met, both as broadcast partners and friends. Years of great moments both on and off camera— Mike Tenay (@RealMikeTenay) December 30, 2022
On Twitter, the official Impact account wrote "IMPACT Wrestling is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Don West, one of the defining voices of our 20 year history. Don's enthusiasm and passion elevated every second he called and uplifted the spirits of everybody he crossed paths with. He will be dearly missed. #RIPDonWest"
Executive Vice President of Impact Wrestling Scott D'Amore shared a longer tribute to West on the official site, which you can read below.
"You can't think about TNA/IMPACT without thinking of Don West. Don and Mike Tenay provided the soundtrack to so many iconic moments in company history. There was no more cherished member of the TNA/IMPACT family.
Don was truly a one of a kind who brightened every room he walked into. He brought out the best in people and was an inspiration to all who crossed paths with him. He was one of the first people I met upon arriving at the TNA Asylum for the first time, and Don instantly made me feel welcome. His warm heart and legendary sense of humor made every day at work something to look forward to.
I am forever grateful for being able to share a friendship with Don and truly know my career and my life are better because of having him in them.
My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to Don's wife Terri, his family and friends, and of course the millions of fans whose lives he touched.
Today we mourn the loss of a special person, but let's also stop and celebrate the amazing life of our friend and brother, Don West.
While we are here with heavy hearts, I know Don is busy planning heaven's most epic NYE celebration ever.
Thank you for everything, DW. Love you."
Our thoughts are with West's family and friends.0comments