BRITISH wrestler Lionheart has died aged just 36 – hours after posting a haunting message online.
The world heavyweight champion said: “One day you will eat your last meal, you will hug your friend for the last time”.
7 Lionheart, pictured, died today at the age of 36Credit: Instagram
We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. pic.twitter.com/qmjnZTb5Lb— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) June 19, 2019
His message – a direct quote from Ricky Gervais’ hit Netflix comedy After Life – was posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
Lionheart, whose real name was Adrian McCallum,wrote: “One day you will eat your last meal, you will smell your last flower, you will hug your friend for the last time.
“You might not know it’s the last time, that’s why you must do everything you love with passion.”
The famous line was said by Gervais’ character, Tony Johnson, who is mourning the death of his wife.
Breaks my heart. RIP my friend. You were always so wonderful to me and I’ll be forever grateful that I knew you. Give Trav a big hug from mePaige
Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) announced the tragic news on their official page tonight.
He was the wrestling firm’s current world heavyweight champion.
Lionheart, from Ayr, Scotland, had been a top wrestler for the last 10 years.
He appeared on a host of popular shows including WWE and TNA and was one of the UK’s most famous wrestlers.
Fellows wrestling stars paid tribute to the star.
WWE superstar Paige tweeted her tribute, and remembered another tragic British wrestler Kris Travis, who died of stomach cancer in 2016.
The former wrestler – real name Saraya-Jade Bevis – wrote: “Breaks my heart. RIP my friend. You were always so wonderful to me and I’ll be forever grateful that I knew you. Give Trav a big hug from me.”
WWE wrestler Cedric Alexander said he was “crushed” to hear of McCallum’s death.
He tweeted: “I’m crushed to hear the passing of Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum.
“I may not have known him very well but he was one of the first people to welcome me with open arms when I took my first tour to the U.K. #RIP Lionheart.”
7 The star’s final message was a direct quote from After Life
7 He was the current Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) heavyweight world championCredit: Instagram
7 He quoted After Life in his final tweetCredit: Instagram
7 The 36-year-old wrote: “One day you will eat your last meal”Credit: Instagram
7 Moving tweet from wrestler Paige
Pete Dunne, the longest-reigning WWE UK champion, tweeted: “I always looked up to Lionheart’s professional approach to wrestling when it was far from that at the time
“People like him were pivotal in the growth of a scene that has lead to so many people being able to do this for a living.”
British wrestler Will Ospreay, who fights in Japan, said: “Every time I’ve met you, you have been nothing but a sweetheart. I honestly cannot believe I’m writing this tweet.
“Devastated doesn’t cover how I feel.”
Grado wrote: “Love you my brother. The Champ. RIP @LionheartUK – we will never ever forget you.
“Thank you for everything you done for the British wrestling scene… but more importantly for being our pal.”
Watch wrestling heavyweight champion Lionheart aka Adrian McCallum in action
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The ICW said: “We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum.
“Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend.
“His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. Please respect his family’s privacy at this time.”
His cause of death is not yet known.
Love you my brother.The Champ.RIP @LionheartUK – we will never ever forget you. Thank you for everything you done for the British wrestling scene…but more importantly for being our pal x pic.twitter.com/p1Nycvx1TU— GRADO (@gradowrestling) June 19, 2019
7 He was the current heavyweight world championCredit: ICW
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