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Former wrestler Dynamite Kid dies on 60th birthday

Frank Carnevale
| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, 9:18 a.m.
Former wrestler Dynamite Kid, whose real name is Tommy Billington, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
Former wrestler Dynamite Kid, whose real name is Tommy Billington, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

Former wrestler Dynamite Kid died on Wednesday, which was also his 60th birthday, according to his family.

The wrestler, whose real name is Tommy Billington, was one half of the British Bulldogs along with his cousin, Davey Boy Smith. The pair joined the WWF – now known as WWE – in 1984.

Alongside their mascot, an English bulldog named Matilda, the duo took the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania II

defeating Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, according to WWE .

Billington, from Golborne, Lancashire in England, battled various health problems and had spent the past decades in a wheelchair following a series of injuries, reported the Daily Mail .

Smith’s son Davey Boy Smith Junior posted the news on Twitter Wednesday morning:

Smith’s daughter Georgia Smith posted some photos of the wrestler:

Wrestling organizations expressed their condolences:

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, fcarnevale@tribweb.com or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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