‘A total gent’: tributes paid to former WWE referee Tim White who has died age 68
Professional wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Mike Foley have paid their respects to Tim White, who was a referee with WWE for over two decades
Former referee Tim White has passed away at the age of 68, shortly after his fellow longtime WWE referee Dave Hebner also died, aged 73.
The news of the death of White so soon after Hebner has shaken the world of professional wrestling, with many taking to social media to post tributes to the beloved referee.
Born on 25 March 1954 in Rhode Island, White began his refereeing career as a part time ref in 1985 whilst working as André the Giant’s agent, a French professional wrestler and actor known for his huge size caused by gigantism.
Following André’s death in 1993, White became a full time referee, and began to appear more and more frequently on pay-per-views and WWE tapings.
Talking to in 2016 about his back to back shoulder injuries, White said: “The shoulder injuries started back at the 2002 Judgement Day pay-per-view, during the Jericho vs Triple H Hell in a Cell match.
“I also injured it again at the 2004 Wrestlemania. It was re-injured during the three count.”
While he no longer refereed, White continued to work with WWE as a backstage official and talent agency up until 2009 when he was released from his contract, ending his 24 year tenure with the company.
In 2018, White appeared in a number of interviews for the HBO documentary André the Giant and last year, in June 2021, appeared on WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, which was a reality show which saw WWE personalities travelling across the US searching for collectibles and memorabilia related to professional wrestling.
What matches did he officiate?
Over the course of his career as a WWE referee, White officiated a number of high profile matches, and was often booked as the main event referee.
He is best known for being the referee for the infamous Hell in a Cell match between Mankind and the Undertaker at King of the Ring in 1998.
White had almost called the match off when Mankind, played by American wrestler Mick Foley, took a hard fall. However, Foley begged White to let the match continue and he allowed it, with the fight becoming one of the most iconic in wrestling history.
When did he die?
announced the news in a statement on its website, which said: “WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away.
Following the news of White’s passing, many of his friends, family, fans and fellow WWE colleagues have taken to social media to post their tributes to the wrestling referee.