Wrestler Melissa Coates has died at the age of 50, Coates underwent a leg amputation
in November last year after her arteries were blocked by blood clots, and tributes have
flooded in from WWE stars and her former colleagues
No cause of death has been given for the former bodybuilder, wrestler, and manager,
who frequently accompanied Sabu to the ring later in her career and was close to the
On Wednesday night, a friend wrote on Facebook: ‘This may be the hardest post I have
ever made… Just got word from Terry “Sabu” Brunk that Super Genie Melissa Coates
has passed away this afternoon.
‘I also have spoken to her brother, JR Coates, and niece, Cassi. They told me to post
this sad news…
‘Sabu will not be taking calls and please respect their privacy at this time. Please keep
them all in your thoughts and prayers.’ Sabu has retweeted a post referencing Coates’
death, and the Cauliflower Alley Club – a non-profit corporation looking after former
full-time wrestlers – also wrote about the sad news.
They tweeted: ‘Everyone here at the CAC is deeply saddened to hear the news that Super
Genie Melissa Coates has passed away.
‘We send out our sincerest condolences to her family, friends, and fans. May they find
comfort in the memories left behind during this most difficult time. R.I.P. Melissa.’
Coates was trained by Killer Kowalski and appeared in OVW, while she was also on WWE
TV in 2005 when she took on Chris Masters’ Masterlock challenge.
In October, a GoFundMe page was set up after she had to have her leg amputated after
the ‘arteries supplying blood to her left lower leg were completely obstructed by blood