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.