WWE star Luke Williams – aka Bushwhacker Luke – revealed the sad news of the death of his uncle Bob ‘Butch’ Miller.
Miller was Luke’s old partner in The Sheepherders and The Bushwhackers.
According to PWInsider.com, the New Zealand hall of famer had traveled to the United States, where he allegedly had a medical episode shortly after arriving in Los Angeles.
He was rushed to hospital in the city and passed away last night.
Luke released a statement explaining the death of his close relative.
It read, “Late last night I lost my friend, brother and tag team partner of over 50 years with the passing of Bob “Butch” Miller.
My heart goes out to his wife Helen, his lovely daughters Sharon and Kirsten and all his grandchildren.
“From the early 1970s, when we were young friends wrestling for John da Silva in New Zealand, my first impression of Bob “The Chest” Miller (as he was known at the time) was that he was a first-class redneck was, and what a bloody redneck he was!
“But he was also an all-around good guy and a good friend. By the time we were in our mid-twenties, we traveled the world together, from New Zealand to Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, before “invading” the North American territories in Canada and the United States as The Sheepherders.
In 1988 we were in our 40s and still on top when we received a call from the Connecticut offices offering to join the largest and fastest growing wrestling organization in the world, the WWF/E- The Bushwhackers were born !
“As The Bushwhackers, we performed in the biggest venues in the world, in front of the biggest crowd professional wrestling had ever seen!
And we were ultimately honored by our fans and colleagues with our induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2020.
“We’ve all done it, we’ve seen it all and we’ve all achieved it together.
“Last weekend in Los Angeles, Bob flew in from New Zealand to join me for Wrestlemania weekend and its associated festivities, neither knowing that these would be our last days together and his last days of life.
“If you read my life story it would say I am an only child, but that would be wrong.
“In my lifetime I had a brother and his name was Bob Miller. I love you Until I see you again, WOOOOAHH YEEEEAAHH!”
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