Timothy Rhys White aka Tim White, who worked with World Wrestling Entertainment as a producer on the SmackDown! brand, passed away at the age of 68 on Sunday (June 19). The news of Tim’s death comes days after the passing of another longtime referee Dave Hebner. Read on to learn more about his death.
The Referee Career of More Than Two Decades…
Tim White, a longtime WWE referee and assistant to Andre the Giant passed away on Sunday (June 19) at the age of 68. WWE broke the news of his passing, with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp writing, “Unfortunately have learned that former WWE referee Tim White has passed away, per the company. Sending love to his friends, family, and colleagues.”
White began working as a WWE referee in 1985 and later took the position full-time in 1993 shortly after Andre passed away. White suffered several shoulder injuries that would cause his refereeing career to end in 2004, though he remained with the company until 2009. News of White’s death comes mere days after the passing of another longtime WWE referee, Dave Hebner.
In 2022, Tim White suffered a massive shoulder injury during a Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Chris Jericho at Judgement Day. However, he returned as a referee in 2004 for a match between Chris and Christian but re-injured his shoulder during the final hours of the match. This led to the end of his referee career.
White was also a referee for the legendary Hell in a Cell match between Mankind and The Undertaker in 1998. During the match, Mankind fell through the top of the cell and landed hard in the ring. Fearing that Mick Foley was seriously injured, the match came close to over but he begged not to. This match is remembered as one of the most legendary matches in wrestling history.
Pro Wrestling World Pays Tribute…
WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away.
WWE extends our condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.https://t.co/qFSeSw5eRF
— WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2022
Tim’s death has come as a shock to the pro wrestling world. A man who left a long impact in the field, passed away suddenly yesterday. The cause of his death remains undisclosed but WWE released a statement shortly after the news of his death broke. In its statement, WWE wrote:
“WWE is saddened to learn that long-time referee Tim White has passed away. For more than two decades, Tim White was a dedicated WWE referee and official. White began his illustrious career in 1985 working with Andre the Giant and as a part-time referee.
During his tenure, he was the referee for some of WWE’s biggest matches, including the infamous Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Mankind at King of the Ring 1998.WWE extends its condolences to White’s family, friends and fans.”
Many wrestlers came forward to pay tribute to the legendary referee and shared instances of their interactions with Tim White. BIG E wrote, “I lit up every time I saw this man! Tim White often was the man tasked with shepherding us at appearances and conventions the last several years. He was always extraordinarily kind and warm. I will miss you, my friend. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
WWE Hall Of Fame Shawn Michaels tweeted, “Saddened to hear about both Dave Hebner and Tim White. Both incredible men I was privileged to spend time with in and out of the ring. My thoughts are with their families.”
Rick Flair tweeted the saddening news of the two referees and about their longtime friendship. He tweeted, I’m Saddened To Hear About The Passing Of Two Of My Friends- Dave Hebner & Tim White. I’m Grateful To Have Known Both Of These Incredible Men. Rest In Peace! Shelton Benjamin added: “Man we have lost a great guy. Tim always made me feel like a much-welcomed family. My condolences to the White family R.I.P Tim White.”
Wade Barrett wrote: “Sad to hear the news about Tim White. He was a total gent and a great laugh to hang out with. I knew I was guaranteed a fun day whenever he’d escort me on any WWE appearances. Thinking of your family, and raising a glass to you tonight, Tim!” Our heart goes out to the family and friends. May your would rest in peace, Tim!