"The Patriot" Del Wilkes passes away at 59

Originally published at "The Patriot" Del Wilkes passes away at 59

At the age of 59, former pro wrestler and college football player Del Wilkes has passed away.

The news of Del Wilkes’ passing was confirmed to The Post and Courier. It was noted that he passed away due to a heart attack. Clearwater Beach, Florida-based pastor Andy McDaniel, who hosted a podcast with Wilkes said the following about his passing:

Del Wilkes would become a name that those in college football knew quite well. He would make his name familiar in the world of pro wrestling as well. However, regardless of the accolades or fame he may have achieved, to me, he was best known as a friend. Del overcame his struggles in this life and became an inspiration to many. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Throughout his wrestling career, Del Wilkes was also known as “The Patriot” and “The Trooper”. He had runs in WWF, All Japan Pro Wrestling, the AWA and WCW.

For the past 16 years, he worked as a car salesman in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

POST Wrestling would like to send our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Del Wilkes.

I know he gets shit on during his run (especially in WWF), but I was a fan as a kid during his WCW team up with Marcus Alexander Bagwell as ‘Stars & Stripes’ Such a shock to hear about his passing.

May he R.I.P! o(- -;*)ゞ

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Weird…Sean Ross Sapp was just talking about an interview that he did with Del Wilkes months ago and I’m not sure if he posted it yet, but said he was waiting for the right time and I think he felt this week, because of July 4.

Always sad to hear things like this, unfortunately with his generation it happens ever so often. RIP.